Candidates for Taiwan's leadership and legislative election stepped up their final round of campaign Sunday with several "Super Sunday" rallies across the island to rally support ahead of the Jan. 14 election.
As it was "the last Sunday" before the election, held every four years, Taiwan's two major political parties -- the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), held their largest ever assemblies in Taipei and other major cities, to gain as more votes as possible.
The KMT organized a series of parades simultaneously in Taipei, Taichung, Taitung and Hualien. Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou, 61, who is seeking a second term, led the 6-km Taipei parade from the city hall plaza to the Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Taiwan leader's office building.
Ma, who is also the KMT chairman, was joined by Lien Chan and Wu Poh-hsiung, two KMT honorary chairmen, as well as more than 200,000 people in the enthusiastic parade. The long procession was cheered by bystanders and passersby.
Tsai Ing-wen, 55, who represents the DPP to run for the leadership election, attended four large rallies in Taipei, New Taipei City, Changhua and Taichung, with the one in Taipei attracting about 150,000 people.
People First Party (PFP) chairman James Soong, 69, who is also a candidate for the election, sought support Sunday in Hualien.