South Korea elected a left-leaning president for the first time in a decade on Tuesday May 09,2017, in a landslide that could lead to peace talks with North Korea
The election of Moon Jae-in, 64, a former human rights lawyer and leader of the liberal Democratic Party, will radically change the political landscape of Asia’s fourth largest economy just two months after the impeachment of conservative President Park Geun-hye on corruption charges.
“I will be a president for all the people” Mr Moon told his celebrating supporters at midnight in the capital, Seoul, ahead of the official results. Early exit polls showed him with a 41.4% lead and he is expected to be sworn-in on Wednesday May 10,2017
Having lost to Park Geun-hye in the 2012 presidential election, liberal Moon Jae-in is poised to become the new South Korea president according to an exit poll from today's South Korean election, according to which Moon was estimated to have collected 41.4% of all votes. The front-runner was followed by Hong Joon-pyo of the conservative Liberty Korea Party with 23.3% . Ahn Cheol-soo of the center-left People's Party came in third with 21.8%.