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S.Korea’s Lee wins main in presidential race amid scandal | Article

2021-10-17 18:18:36

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Gyeonggi governor Lee Jae-myung, South Korea’s ruling Democratic Occasion contender for subsequent 12 months’s presidential election, speaks through the ultimate race to decide on their presidential election candidate in Seoul on Oct 10, 2021.
(KIM HONG-JI / POOL / Newpaper24)

SEOUL – Lee Jae-myung grew to become the presidential candidate for South Korea’s ruling occasion on Sunday, hoping to beat a property scandal and collect nationwide assist whereas conservative opponents commerce barbs over anal acupuncture and fortune-tellers.

Lee, governor of Gyeonggi province and a celebration outsider typically crucial of incumbent President Moon Jae-in, sealed his victory within the main to characterize the Democratic Occasion within the March 9 presidential election. Moon can not stand for re-election below Korean regulation.

Lee Jae-myung, governor of Gyeonggi province and a celebration outsider typically crucial of incumbent President Moon Jae-in, sealed his victory within the main to characterize the Democratic Occasion within the March 9 presidential election. Moon can not stand for re-election below Korean regulation

The main contender amongst a fractured discipline from the principle conservative Folks Energy Occasion, Yoon Seok-youl, has been caught up in scandals of his personal – together with murky ties to an anal acupuncturist – and criticism he depends on fortune-tellers.

“It was at most a single candidate who had such scandals, however the prime two frontrunners are each embroiled in scandals on this election, which exhibits South Korea is regressing politically,” Lee Jun-han, professor of political science at Incheon Nationwide College.

Lee secured 50.29 % of the votes in an 11-round main that ended on Sunday. His closest rival and initially the institution favorite, former Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, completed with 39.14 %.

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His outsider picture was as soon as seen as a legal responsibility within the face of multinational rivals with nearer ties to the outgoing Moon, however Lee rose to prominence with an aggressive pandemic response and a populist financial agenda.

Dogged by a scandal involving a residential growth plan when he was mayor of Seongnam in 2015, Lee used his acceptance speech to pledge progress on coverage points, together with a push for common primary earnings and extra reasonably priced housing amid skyrocketing property costs.

Subsequent 12 months’s election represents “the final word battle towards the corrupt institution,” he stated.

Prosecutors and police have been investigating the Seongnam mission amid controversy over Lee’s ties to a former official, who has been arrested on corruption expenses associated to the deal.

Lee has denied any wrongdoing. His workplace didn’t reply to requests for remark.

ALSO READ: S. Korea’s Moon sacks advisor for raising rent as home prices soar

Housing-related scandals are a selected sore spot for voters in South Korea, the place house costs have soared past the attain of many. Lee’s occasion has been broken by allegations of property hypothesis.

On the opposite aspect, conservative Yoon – a former prime prosecutor who joined the opposition after gaining prominence throughout a political struggle with President Moon – was compelled in a televised debate final week to distance himself from an unlicensed anal acupuncturist.

Yoon denied understanding the acupuncturist, and stated he solely “seldom” meets fortune-tellers or shamans, who observe an animistic ethnic faith of Korea which dates again to prehistory and are broadly consulted in South Korea.

Yonhap information company stated prosecutors are investigating a political meddling scandal that probably entails Yoon. It quoted him as calling the allegations a “political plot” to derail his candidacy.

Yoon has denied any wrongdoing whereas serving as a prosecutor. His marketing campaign didn’t reply to Newpaper24′ requests for remark.

READ MORE: Koreans’ sarcasm over hypocrisy follows Moon into final year

His rival within the PPP main, Hong Joon-pyo, on Saturday referred to as a attainable matchup between Lee and Yoon a “prison election”.

A mixed survey by 4 polling providers final week discovered Lee main Yoon 44 % to 33 % in a hypothetical two-way race.

The conservatives made good points in native elections in April because the Democratic Occasion was mired in scandals, however the spats within the primaries over issues like shamanism threaten their probabilities to capitalize within the common election, stated Yang Seung-ham, a longtime political analyst.

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