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Moon Jae-In Becomes New South Korean President - National Electoral Commission

© AFP 2021 / KIM JAE-HWANThis file photo taken on December 18, 2012 shows South Korea's presidential candidate Moon Jae-In of the opposition Democratic United Party speaking during a press conference at the party head office in Seoul.
This file photo taken on December 18, 2012 shows South Korea's presidential candidate Moon Jae-In of the opposition Democratic United Party speaking during a press conference at the party head office in Seoul. - Sputnik International
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Moon Jae-in has become the new South Korean president, gaining over 40 percent of votes in the election, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced.

Women walk by posters showing candidates for the presidential election in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. - Sputnik International
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SEOUL (Sputnik) — Moon Jae-in from the South Korean Democratic Party on Wednesday became the new president of the Asian nation with support of 41.1 percent of voters, the NEC said.

About 13,4 million of South Korean nationals participated in the election, the NEC added, as cited by the Yonhap news agency.

A total of 13 hopefuls took part in the presidential race after two nominees had dropped out. Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party of Korea was considered as one of two main rivals along with and Ahn Cheol-soo of the center-left People's Party.

The vote took place less than two months after President Park Geun-hye was ousted following a corruption scandal that also led to her arrest.

The new president of South Korea will take office on May 10, immediately after the confirmation of the results by the NEC.

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