South Korea: Moon Jae-in wins president election

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Wednesday, May, 10 2017 - 14:57

Moon Jae-in on Wednesday, became the new President of the South Korea.

Moon Jae-in (64), who favors a more open policy toward North Korea, has vowed to address the economy and relations with the North and he would even be willing to visit Pyongyang under the right circumstances.

Moon Jae-in, the former human rights lawyer and son of North Korean refugees, is known for his liberal views.

The election was held after the country's first female President, Park Geun-hye, was impeached in a corruption scandal. 

Park who was ejected from office in March is awaiting trial. 

As many as 15 candidates participated in election; however, two dropped out before Election Day.

Final results show Mr Moon took 41.1 percent of the vote on Tuesday, conservative candidate Hong Joon-pyo took 25.5 percent.

Centrist Ahn Cheol-soo, widely seen as a strong contender, came third with 21.4%.


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