Yoon is South Korea’s next president

Yoon is South Korea’s next president
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Islam News – After a contentious race, Yoon Suk-yeol of the conservative People Power Party was set to be South Korea’s next leader. The governing party’s candidate, Lee Jae-myung, conceded in the early hours of the morning.

With more than 98 percent of the votes counted, Yoon was 0.8 percentage points ahead of Lee, the tightest race since South Korea began holding free presidential elections in 1987.

The race between the two men had been so plagued by scandals and mudslinging that it was called a contest between “unlikables.” More than three-quarters of South Koreans cast their vote, rivaling voter turnout from the country’s last presidential election in 2017.

The election was widely seen as a referendum on President Moon Jae-in, who pushed for engagement with North Korea. Washington and South Korea’s neighbors closely watched the election, because Yoon could upend Moon’s policy on North Korea.

President-elect: Yoon is an outsider with no political experience who rose to prominence as a prosecutor in both conservative and liberal administrations. His party had been in disarray following the impeachment of its former boss, ex-President Park Geun-hye, who was convicted of corruption. Yoon, an anti-corruption crusader, helped imprison Park.

Foreign policy: Yoon has vowed to align South Korea more closely with its traditional ally, the U.S., and to upend what he called the current government’s “partial to China” foreign policy.

Source: The New York Times

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