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    Taiwan's National Assembly on Tuesday (21 March) re-elected Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek for a fifth term of office.

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    Taiwan's National Assembly on Tuesday (21 March) re-elected Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek for a fifth term of office.

    Only eight of the 1,316 votes cast in the National Assembly were not for the 84-year-old leader: they were declared invalid.

    News of the re-election was welcomed by the people of Taiwan and in Taipeh more than ten thousand people paraded through the streets, waving flags and carrying huge portraits of the Generalissimo.

    SYNOPSIS: Taipeh on Tuesday -- and in Taiwan's National Assembly a vote of support for Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek. Ten days earlier the 84-year-old Nationalist leader had been nominated for re-election by the ruling Kuomintang Party. When the National Assembly voted on Tuesday the Generalissimo was the only candidate. One thousand, three hundred and sixteen votes were cast in the election - and all but eight were for the Ceneralissimo. The remaining eight were invalid.

    Voting on Taiwan's leadership is by private ballot with each member filling out and folding his vote in secret. The vote is seen in Taiwan as a gesture of complete faith in Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek -- who now begins a fifth six-year term.

    As the voting went ahead, there was some slight tension in the chamber. In recent months a series of political crises has led to calls for widespread changes in the Assembly. However, the massive vote for Generalissimo Chiang is taken as an indication that the present discontent is directed against the activities of the Assembly, rather than its leader.

    The final total for Generalissimo Chiang....
    The re-election of the Generalissimo was greeted with prolonged applause in the Assembly, while outside people clamoured to read boards on which the results were posted.

    Fresh editions of the daily newspapers carried photographs of Chiang, while a wave of rejoicing spread across Taiwan. Firecrackers were let off - and in the capital Taipeh, ten thousand people armed with flags and portraits marched through the centre of the city.

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