Taiwan elections: astrologer says incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou likely to win


Taiwan President and ruling Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou on his re-election campiagn tour in Hsinkang, in Taiwan's southern Chiayi county on Jan. 5, 2012.


Sam Yeh

Elections are coming up next week in Taiwan, and the race is tight.

What's going to happen?

Well, that's easy. Incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou will eke out a victory, but only if he's nice to his wife that day, at least according to a well-known Taiwan fortune teller.

Chan Wei-chung told Reuters Friday that Ma will have the edge but will need his wife's help to offset the forces acting against him.

Chan, 48, is reportedly a mix of the old and new. He begins an astrological reading in the traditional way, by analyzing the characters in the person's name. But he does so in through a less traditional medium: his iPad.

"The marriage palace in his natal chart shows that his wife brings a lucky star," Chan told Reuters. "So he really needs to seek his wife's help."

In addition to not getting his wife's help for whatever reason, Ma also has to worry about the impact of a 4 percent unemployment rate and a growing wealth gap.

But it helps that most polls put Ma ahead of his main oppostion, Tsai Ing-wen, the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) candidate, who also happens to be the first woman up for the job.

The two cut a similar profile, according to The Australian. Both are politically centrist and from well-off Mainland families. They're both relatively wealthy and educated in the West.

But Tsai, according to the psychic, has more elements in the Chinese characters of her name that represent grass than Ma does.

And that's important because it's the year of the rabbit. And rabbits eat grass.