South Korea’s Presidential Election 2022

March 11, 2022

South Korea’s Presidential Election 2022

South Korea’s Presidential Election was held on March 9, 2022. Under the South Korean constitution, presidents are restricted to a single five-year term, meaning that incumbent president Moon Jae-in was ineligible to run for a second term.

Opposition’s Yoon Suk-yeol wins for South Korean presidency

Yoon Suk-yeol, a conservative former top prosecutor, has been elected South Korea’s new president, defeating his chief liberal rival in one of the country’s most closely fought presidential elections.

He edged out rival Lee Jae-Myung from the Democratic Party by 0.7 percentage points, the narrowest margin of victory since the country adopted a direct presidential election system in 1987.

Yoon, from the main opposition People Power Party, won 48.56 percent of votes while Lee garnered 47.83 percent. Sim Sang-Jung from the Justice Party received 2.37 percent of the votes.

The president-elect celebrated with jubilant party officials at the National Assembly building, telling them that it was a victory of the great people.

He expressed thanks to his rivals, Lee and Sim, saying the whole country should work together and be united now that the election campaign has ended.

The election took place amid soaring Covid-19 cases in South Korea and tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Lee, a former Gyeonggi Province governor, blamed himself for the defeat, saying it was neither the failure of people nor that of the government party.

He offered his congratulations to Yoon and said he hoped that the new president would open up a new era of unity and harmony in South Korea.

Both presidential candidates were viewed as widely unpopular throughout the campaign. Mr. Yoon had made abolishing the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family a central pledge of his campaign.

During his campaign, Mr. Yoon had also leaned heavily into a support base of young men, some of whom declared that there was no systematic gender discrimination in South Korea.

He vowed to address the housing crisis with tax relief, pledged support for small businesses and self-employed people, and encourage the private sectors to create jobs and build millions of new homes.

Xi congratulates Yoon Suk-yeol on presidential election victory

Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Mr. Yoon on his victory in the South Korean presidential election. In a congratulatory message to Yoon, Xi said China and South Korea are close neighbors and important cooperative partners.

Noting that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two neighbors, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China and South Korea have seen their relations develop rapidly over the decades.

In the end, the results of the 2022 South Korea Presidential Election explicitly showed how the country is divided by gender, generation, and ideology.

In his first message as president-elect, Yoon said “he will solely trust people and follow the will of people.” He also said his victory is a desperate appeal from the people for politics of unity, not division, and a vote for reform for the restoration of justice and common sense.

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