|Taiwan||NEW PRESIDENT A NEW HOPE FOR TAIWAN, BISHOPS SAY|
Taiwan's Catholic bishops have called on newly elected President Chen Shui-bian to foster reconciliation and peace with mainland China and to build up a new society.
The election results show that Taiwan's people want not only stability, "but also thorough change" and look forward to "a force of progress," the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference in Taiwan said in a rare swift statement, right after Saturday's presidential election results were announced.
Chen of the pro-independent Democratic Progressive Party was elected president by a vote of 39.3%, ending the Kuomintang's (the nationalist party) 55 years of power since the government fled China. For the first time, a woman, Annette Lu, was elected vice president.