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Taiwan takes step closer to electing first woman president

Hung Hsiu-chu, nicknamed "Little Hot Pepper,", is set to be named as the candidate for Taiwan’s ruling Nationalist Party in the 2016 presidential election. Here, she pulls the shirt of a lawmaker from the rival Democratic Progressive Party during an animated debate over a bill to let Chinese students come to the island in 2010. PATRICK LIN/AFP/Getty Images

A former teacher and longtime lawmaker nicknamed “Little Hot Pepper” has won her party’s nomination for Taiwan’s 2016 presidential election. Hung Hsiu-chu is already the second most powerful figure in the nation’s legislature, and by next year, she could be the most powerful person in the country. On Sunday, Hung, celebrated for her fiery and outspoken style, won the Nationalist Party nomination by capturing a 46 percent approval rating. A Nationalist Party spokesperson said Hung “will for sure be appointed at the all-party congress on July 19.” Once that happens, Hung will go up against another woman for the presidency, the Democratic Progressive Party’s Tsai Ing-wen, who narrowly lost the 2012 presidential election. Either way, it’s looking more and more like voters will have a choice of women when they head to the polls next January.

Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal.

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