Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves has welcomed the re-election of Taiwan president, Tsai Ying-wen to a second term in office.
On Saturday, Tsai, of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party secured a 20-percentage point victory over her main challenger Han Kuo-yu, of the main opposition and pro-unification Kuomintang (KMT).
Speaking at his Unity Labour Party’s convention in Campden Park on Sunday, Gonsalves said:
“I want to say how happy I am that yesterday, the electorate, the people of the Republic of China on Taiwan returned overwhelmingly to office our dear friend, President Tsai Ing-wen for a second consecutive term as president of Taiwan.”
Gonsalves further said he was pleased that Tsai’s DPP secured a majority in the legislative assembly in Taipei.
“This means that their work, their excellent work will continue and so far as St. Vincent and the Grenadines is concerned, our cooperative programme will continue without any hiccups,” Gonsalves said.
“We don’t have to go and negotiate or renegotiate anything over. What we have signed, we have signed and what we have agreed upon in this year and continuing, we have agreed upon in the certainty that there will be benefits for the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
Gonsalves, who has been in office since March 2001, was speaking at his party’s last convention ahead of general elections, which he said would take place this year, ahead of the March 2021 constitutional deadline.