Conservative Yoon Suk-yeol was elected president of South Korea, narrowly ahead of center-left ruling party candidate Lee Jae-myung, who conceded defeat, the news agency reported on March 9. Yonhap.
With 98% of the ballots counted at the end of this single-round ballot, Mr. Yoon won with 48.59% of the vote against 47.79% for Mr. Lee, according to Yonhap. “I did my best, but I didn’t live up to expectations”Mr. Lee told his supporters in the Democratic Party.
the “revenge cycle”
The victory over the wire of Mr. Yoon, 61, marks a spectacular comeback for the Conservative Party, hard hit in 2017 by the dismissal and then the imprisonment for abuse of power of President Park Gung-hye, who belonged to this formation. Paradoxically, Mr. Yoon, then prosecutor in Seoul, had played a key role in the investigation which had led to the fall of Ms. Park.
According to analysts, the result of the presidential election on Wednesday could revive what the media has dubbed the “revenge cycle”a characteristic of the extreme polarization of political life in this country of 52 million inhabitants: all the former South Korean presidents still alive have been imprisoned for corruption at the end of their mandate.