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Moon Jae-in Wins South Korea Election: Results Show Nationals Prefer Better North Korea Relations

by Susmita Pathak Mishra / May 10, 2017 04:10 AM EDT
Newly Elected Moon Jae-in Starts His Presidency

Moon Jae-in has won the South Korea presidential election, which yet again is likely to play an important role in bettering the nation's relation to North Korea. Moon is a human rights lawyer who advocates open policy towards the nation's northern counterpart.

The results were declared on May 9. The South Korean National Election Commission revealed that Moon Jae-in won with 41.08 percent votes. The commission said that around 13,423,800 voters selected Moon as the most deserving presidential candidate during South Korea elections. The Democratic Party member succeeded Park Geun-Hye and became the 19th president of the nation after he sworn in on May 10.

Conservative candidate Hong Joon-Pyo followed Moon Jae-in with 24 percent while centrist Ahn Cheol-soo managed to grab 21 percent votes in the South Korea elections. Hong has always maintained his tough stance against Northern Korea while Moon has opened broader talks with the rival nation. The South Korea election results have shown that the nationals prefer having better relations with North Korea than continuing the bitter bond.

Moon Jae-in has always been against the dictatorial regime of North Korea, which he felt was quite "ruthless." However, at the same time, he maintained advocating South Korean people to have a soft corner for their north Korean counterpart. He has always asked the nationals to "embrace the North Korean people" to ensure "peaceful reunification one day."

"To do that, we must recognize Kim Jong-un as their ruler and as our dialogue partner," Moon Jae-in said as quoted by the NY Times. "The goal of sanctions must be to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table."

Moon Jae-in was born to refugees from North Korea. Prior to becoming the human rights lawyer, the 64-year-old president served in South Korea's Special Forces. The Democratic Party member has proved his capability of helping the nation get rid of controversies and scandals. The best part, according to the BBC, is that he is the believer of unity and has promised to make South Korea "a just, united country." 

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