Moon Jae-in declares victory in South Korea’s presidential election

Chris Jasurek
By Chris Jasurek
May 9, 2017Worldshare
Moon Jae-in declares victory in South Korea’s presidential election
Presidential candidate Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party raises his hands in response to exit polls showing him winning the election at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP)—Liberal Moon Jae-in has declared victory in South Korea’s presidential election after his two major rivals conceded defeat Tuesday.

Two major challengers for South Korean president, a conservative and a centrist, conceded defeat Tuesday, paving the way for liberal Moon Jae-in to claim victory in an election that followed months of political turmoil caused by ousted President Park Geun-hye’s corruption scandal.

The concessions by conservative Hong Joon-pyo and centrist Ahn Cheol-soo followed exit polls that earlier forecast that Moon would win, ending a decade of conservative rule in South Korea and setting up a sharp departure from recent policy toward nuclear-armed North Korea.

The exit poll of about 89,000 voters at 330 polling stations, jointly commissioned by three major television stations and released just after polls closed, showed Moon receiving 41.4 percent of the vote.

The election sets up the country’s first liberal rule in a decade.

It follows months of political turmoil caused by ousted President Park Geun-hye’s corruption scandal.

The concessions by conservative Hong Joon-pyo and centrist Ahn Cheol-soo came after exit polls forecast that Moon would win.

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