The World: Gimo's Gerontocracy

There was no suspense in the election that assured Generalissimo Chiang Kaishek, 84, a fifth six-year term as President of the Republic of China, i.e., the Nationalist government of Taiwan. The Gimo was the only candidate, and he received all but eight of the f,316 ballots cast in the National Assembly (the others were left blank or deliberately mismarked). The vote, however, demonstrated the urgency of the regime's plan to hold new popular elections for the Assembly—the first since before Chiang and his 2,000,000 Nationalist followers fled to Taiwan in 1949.

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