Taiwan's Ma claims victory in presidential vote

TAIPEI Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:27am EST

1 of 3. Taiwan President and Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou celebrates after provisional election results of the Taiwan's 2012 presidential election are announced in Taipei January 14, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Lee

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TAIPEI (Reuters) - Incumbent Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou claimed victory in the island's presidential election on Saturday, pointing to smooth future relations with China and the likelihood of stepped-up economic integration.

"We have won," Ma shouted to supporters at his Nationalist Party headquarters in Taipei as they gathered in pouring rain.

(Reporting by James Pomfret, Editing by Jonathan Standing and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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