The road to democracy may be winding and is like a river taking many curves, but eventually the river will reach the ocean.
Also in the new constitution, we want to lower the voting age from 20 years to 18 years and also gradually implement a voluntary military service in replacement of the current compulsory military service.
Over the next four years, I will continue to listen to different views and accept different suggestions.
We will make every effort to unify all ethnic groups, to strengthen belief in Taiwan and to persist in reform.
We will strive to make Taiwan a better place and enable our people to live better lives.
I believe in the greatness of our democracy.
We have had a long wait for democracy.
If we really love and cherish Taiwan, we should hold our hands in unity to protect our country and our democratic values with the most humble and tolerant hearts.
It has been well over half a century and I'm glad to say we have taken the right path from authoritarianism to democracy and this is a road of no return.
The election result is not a victory that belongs to me or my party.
I have great confidence in Taiwan's democracy.
I have great confidence in the universal value and in basic human rights and I have great confidence that referenda will eventually take root and become part of our daily lives in Taiwan.
The results of the two referenda demonstrate the majority view of the Taiwanese people.
Taiwan is an independent sovereign country.
However, I must say that I am very happy to see that we have such a positive result for our first referendum in our history and that gives me more confidence in Taiwan's democracy.
I believe that this is not only the view of the people on both sides of the Strait. It is also the common expectation of the US, Japan and the international community.
We must not demonstrate any arrogance, and we must refrain from any irrational or undemocratic behavior.
A defensive referendum is for avoiding war and to help keep the Taiwanese people free of fear.
Even if one tree falls down it wouldn't affect the entire forest.
Because we can't communicate, there's a lot of misunderstanding.
I understand the harsh feelings and sentiments from my opponents and their supporters because I myself have been defeated twice in my political life in the past and I understand very well it is hard to accept your own failure.
In the 1999 resolution regarding Taiwan's future passed by the Democratic Progressive Party, it is stated very clearly that any change to the status quo of Taiwan must be decided by the people of Taiwan through referenda.
We sincerely ask the Beijing authorities across the Strait to view the election result from a positive perspective, to accept the democratic decision of the Taiwanese people.
The grandeur and strength or our people and democracy are as big as a forest.
We also intend to deal with the issue of incorporating basic human rights into our new constitution.
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