High expectations for Moon amid mounting challenges

Monday, May 29, 2017

Author: Gi-Wook Shin, Stanford University and Rennie J. Moon, Yonsei University

As expected, Moon Jae-in has been elected as South Korea’s 19th president. In a five-way contest, Moon garnered 41.1 per cent of the vote, with strong support from those in their 20s to 50s, winning most of the regions in the country.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in arrives at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, 10 May, 2017 (Photo: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji).

South Koreans’ longing for change had been expressed through the now-famous candlelight demonstrations that lasted for almost twenty consecutive weekends culminating in the impeachment of now former president Park Geun-hye. It was also reflected in the highest voter turnout in two decades, at 77.2 per cent.

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