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South Korea Elects Yoon Suk-yeol as President

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South Korea Elects Yoon Suk-yeol as President
12 Mar 2022
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South Korea has chosen Yoon Suk-yeol as the country’s next president following a tightly contested race. He termed his win as, "victory of the great South Korean people". With the final count separated by less than 1%, the result was one of the closest in history.

Mr Yoon, a political novice, won over Lee Jae-Myung of the Democratic Party on the promise of tackling class inequality.

Both presidential candidates were considered to be of little popularity throughout the campaign. Analysts said voters were so disillusioned with the leading candidates that local media called the vote an "unfavourable election."

Yoon will become president with the Democratic Party majority in the National Assembly. The Democratic Party's incumbent Moon Jae-in has to resign because his presidential term was constitutionally limited to five years.

Mr Yoon had just entered politics last year and became famous for prosecuting former conservative President Park Geun-Hye for bribery and corruption.

He promised to abolish Gender Equality and condemned feminism for the low fertility in the country, which has one of the worst records of women's rights in the developed countries.

He said that he aims to develop technology to carry out a pre-emptive strike against North Korea if Pyongyang looks to attack Seoul, supporting sanctions against the Kim Jong-un administration and supporting South Korea's major ally the United States of America.

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