Marching Towards Democracy

Marching Towards Democracy

Map:Marching Towards Democracy
After the war, the government in Taiwan restricted the political rights granted by the constitution, on the pretext of fighting communism, and only regional elections were open to the public. However, the people in Taiwan gradually demanded more political rights from the government, and by using local elections as the starting point, they were able to accumulate considerable experience in working for greater freedom and democracy. At the end of martial law bans on newspapers and political parties were lifted, eventually leading to the reselection of the national assembly, then a direct presidential election in 1996 (Year 85 of ROC calendar). Finally, Taiwan's path to becoming a truly democratic country culminated in the peaceful transfer of power in 2000 (Year 89 of the ROC calendar).

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