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World South Korea: Moon’s party dealt crushing defeats in mayoral polls

07:40  08 april  2021
07:40  08 april  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

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South Korea 's governing Democratic Party has suffered a crushing defeat in mayoral elections in the country's two biggest cities, Seoul and Busan. Candidates from the opposition People Power Party (PPP) won both cities by big margins. Both former mayors from President Moon ' s Democratic Party were In Busan, the incumbent resigned. Seoul's mayor was found dead in a suspected suicide. The vote is seen as an important barometer of public opinion ahead of a presidential election next year. The popularity of President Moon Jae-in and his party has plummeted to record lows in recent months

President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party was handed its worst defeat in five years in mayoral elections in South Korea ’s two biggest cities, a troubling sign for his progressive bloc just 11 months before a presidential vote. The losses in the cities that account for about a quarter of South Korea ’s population could slam the brakes on Moon ’ s agenda to increase public employment and a push for larger fiscal spending. The setbacks could also serve as warning to his Democratic Party that it needs to revamp its policies if it wants to keep the presidency when Moon ’ s single, five-year term ends in

South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party has suffered devastating defeats in elections for the mayors of the country’s two biggest cities, results showed on Thursday, amid political scandals and policy blunders.

a group of people posing for a photo: Oh Se-hoon (centre) of the conservative People Power Party defeated his Democratic opponent by 57.5 percent to 39.2 percent, winning all the city's 25 districts [Song Kyung-Seok/AFP] © Oh Se-hoon (centre) of the conservative People Power Party defeated his Democratic opponent by 57.5 ... Oh Se-hoon (centre) of the conservative People Power Party defeated his Democratic opponent by 57.5 percent to 39.2 percent, winning all the city's 25 districts [Song Kyung-Seok/AFP]

The election on Wednesday was widely seen a key barometer for potential political shifts for Moon’s progressive party with less than one year left before a March 9 presidential election.

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SEOUL, April 7 (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in' s party suffered a crushing defeat in a special election for key mayoral posts amid a spate of political scandals and policy blunders, exit polls showed on Thursday. Tens of millions of South Koreans voted on Wednesday to elect chiefs of the country's two largest cities, the capital Seoul and the port of Busan, among 21 local offices up for grabs. The election was a key barometer for potential political shifts by Moon ' s progressive Democratic party with less than a year left before the next presidential election.

The mayoral posts, both held by Democratic Party members, became vacant last year as a result of sexual harassment allegations, with Seoul mayor Park Won-soon killing himself while the leader of the southern port of Busan resigned.

Between them, the two municipalities account for about a quarter of the national population.

In Seoul, Oh Se-hoon of the conservative People Power Party defeated his Democratic opponent by 57.5 percent to 39.2 percent, according to the National Election Commission, winning all the city’s 25 districts.

“I can’t hold back the heavy sense of responsibility that’s really weighing down on my mind,” said Oh.

In Busan, People Party candidate Park Hyung-joon received 62.7 percent of the votes, beating Democrat Kim Young-choon who earned 34.4 percent.

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President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party could be headed for its biggest defeat in five years in mayoral elections Wednesday in South Korea ’s two biggest cities, a troubling sign for his progressive bloc just 11 months ahead of a presidential vote. Losses in the cities that account for about a quarter of South Korea ’s population could slam the brakes on Moon ’ s agenda to increase public employment and a push for larger fiscal spending. It would also serve as warning to his Democratic Party that it needs to revamp its policies if it wants to keep the presidency when Moon ’ s single, five-year term

(Bloomberg) -- President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party could be headed for its biggest defeat in five years in mayoral elections Wednesday in South Korea ’s two biggest cities, a troubling sign for his progressive bloc just 11 months ahead of a presidential vote. Losses in the cities that account for about a quarter of South Korea ’s population could slam the brakes on Moon ’ s agenda to increase public employment and a push for larger fiscal spending. It would also serve as warning to his Democratic Party that it needs to revamp its policies if it wants to keep the presidency when Moon ’ s

Voter turnout was 58.2 percent in Seoul and 52.7 percent in Busan from some 12.16 million eligible to cast ballots, exceeding 50 percent in a snap election for local offices for the first time, according to the commission.

The two new mayors will serve out the remaining 14 months of their predecessors’ four-year terms.

‘Public reprimand’

Moon and his Democratic Party have been struggling with plummeting ratings in recent months amid public outrage over soaring housing prices, deepening inequality and corruption and sex abuse scandals involving senior officials.

In a statement, the ruling party said it “humbly accepts the public sentiment displayed in the election results”, adding: “We have caused the public huge disappointment due to our shortcomings.”

In a separate statement, Moon said that he takes it as a “reprimand” from the public.

According to the presidential palace spokesman Kang Min-seok, the president pledged to carry out his duties with a “humble demeanour and heavy sense of responsibility”.

Moon was also quoted as saying that he will concentrate his efforts on meeting the people’s “desperate demands,” including overcoming the COVID-19 crisis,  revitalising the economy and rooting out corruption.

Moon – who is limited to a single term by South Korea’s constitution – saw his approval ratings plunge to a record-low of 32 percent last week, with 58 percent disapproving of the job he is doing, according to a survey by Gallup Korea.

The latest vote result is in stark contrast to the parliamentary elections one year ago, when the Democratic Party enjoyed a sweeping victory that gave it a super-majority at the National Assembly.

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