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Moon Jae-in sworn in as President of South Korea

Official results showed that Moon achieved a decisive victory with the highest turnout in 20 years despite drizzly weather in South Korea. He won 41.1% of the votes compared with 24% for conservative candidate Hong Joon-pyo and 21.4% for centrist candidate Ahn Cheol-soo.

May 10, 2017 12:44 IST
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Moon Jae-in sworn in as President of South KoreaLiberal politician Moon Jae-in on 10 May 2017 was sworn in as South Korea's President in a ceremony at the National Assembly Seoul.

Moon won South Korea's presidential election in a victory that ends nearly a decade of conservative rule.

The liberal’s victory will end months of political turmoil that led to parliament's impeachment of conservative former President Park Geun-hye over an extensive corruption scandal, which a court upheld in March 2017. With this, Park became the first democratically elected leader in South Korea to be removed from office.

Official results showed that Moon achieved a decisive victory with the highest turnout in 20 years despite drizzly weather in South Korea. He won 41.1% of the votes compared with 24% for conservative candidate Hong Joon-pyo and 21.4% for centrist candidate Ahn Cheol-soo.

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About Moon Jae-in

Born on 24 January 1953, Moon Jae-in is the 12th and current President of South Korea.

He is also a former human rights attorney.

He was also former chief-of-staff to the late President Roh Moo-hyun.

He served as the opposition leader of the Minjoo Party of Korea from 2015 to 2016.

Prior to that, he was the Democratic United Party's candidate for the 2012 presidential election.

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