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New liberal South Korean president likely to improve relations with North Korea through diplomatic and economic measures

11 May 2017


South Korea elected Moon Jae-in as president on 9 May, and on 10 May he was inaugurated because of the impeachment of former president Park Geun-hye.

Moon was able to harness the backlash against the conservatives following the corruption scandal and Park's impeachment to win 41.08% of the vote, a substantial increase in margin since his loss to Park in 2012 by 3.6%.

Moon has already nominated the Governor of South Jeolla province, Lee Nak-yon, to be his prime minister, likely aimed at winning seats and votes in the National Assembly that traditionally are driven by geographic alliances. Additionally, Moon named Suh Hoon as his pick for chief of the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

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