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South Korea Election 2017 Likely Won by Non-Hardliner Moon

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A South Korean man casts vote in presidential election. (UNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 May 2017 11:19 AM

The South Korea presidential election of 2017 appears to have been won by Democratic Party candidate Moon Jae-in, who has advocated open talks with North Korea and questioned the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system.

Exit polls showed Moon capturing 41.4 percent of the vote, besting conservative challenger Hong Jun-pyo who had 23.3 percent of the vote and centrist Ahn Cheol-soo with 21.8 percent, reported CNN. The exit poll does not reflect the more than 25 percent of residents who voted early.

If Moon's victory is confirmed by vote tallies, he could change the country's position toward North Korea. He could also call for the U.S. to remove a missile defense system for the country's protection against North Korea, noted CNN.

Ex-Korean president Park Geun-hye was impeached earlier this year and remained in jail while facing bribery and other criminal charges, mostly involving her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil and key former aides, reported the Korean Herald.

CNN said South Korean voters cited corruption and the economy as major issues going into the election. Moon, who lost a close election to Park in 2012, built a reputation as the "clean" candidate among voters.

In March, the former head of the Democratic Party easily won its nomination with more than 60 percent of the vote, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Moon beat predictions he did not have strong support in the Gwangju and Jeolla provinces, and other Democratic Party candidates hoped to hold him under 50 percent to force a runoff, noted Nikkei.

Moon will likely have to deal soon with the growing tension over the U.S. antimissile system, which has ignited protests in South Korea, reported ABC News. THAAD, or the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, is designed to intercept incoming short- and medium-range missiles, consisting of multiple missile batteries coordinated by a radar and tracking system.

In April, Park Kwang-on, a spokesman for Moon, called the deployment of the missile system to South Korea "very inappropriate," adding that it stripped the next government of the right to make a policy decision on it, according to Reuters.

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The South Korea presidential election of 2017 appears to have been won by Democratic Party candidate Moon Jae-in, who has advocated open talks with North Korea and questioned the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system.
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