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South Korea : Yoon Suk-yeol elected president

| 10.3.22 |

South Korean President : Yoon Suk-yeol

 Conservative opposition leader Yoon Suk-yeol has been elected president of South Korea, Yonhap news agency reported, after his ruling rival, Lee Jae-myung, conceded defeat. After counting 98% of the vote in the election, Yoon, of the People's Power Party (PPP), "gained 48.59% of the vote, compared to 47.79% for Lee", from the Democratic Party (center left) of current President Moon Jae-in. in, said Yonhap. 

"This is a victory for the great people of South Korea," Yoon told supporters chanting his name in the National Assembly. After a campaign dominated by slander between the two main candidates, electoral turnout reached 77.1%, in a country of about 52 million people. The two parties stand at ideologically opposite poles. 

Yoon's victory would mark the beginning of a more conservative regime, after five years under moderate liberals. It is also a dramatic turnaround for the PPP, which was left in tatters in 2017 after its country's leader and president Park Geung-hye was ousted and jailed in 2017 on corruption charges, before being pardoned.

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