South Korea picks Moon Jae In as new President

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May 09, 2017 (LBO) – Left wing politician Moon Jae In has unofficially won South Korea’s presidential election by a landslide, an exit poll survey conducted by the country’s three major broadcasters showed.

As per the exit poll the 64-year-old former human rights lawyer Moon came in first place with 41.4 percent of the vote, followed by conservative candidate Hong Jun-pyo at 23.3 percent and centrist Ahn Cheol-soo with 21.8 percent.

At the close of early voting in the presidential election, an estimated 75 percent of South Koreans had cast their votes.

The election was called to choose a new president after Park Geun Hye was ousted and indicted for corruption.

In March, Park became the first South Korean president to be removed from power by impeachment.

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