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6 important things Americans should know about South Korea's president-elect Moon Jae-in

POSTED: May 18, 2017 11:50 a.m.
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South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in, the candidate for the country’s liberal Democratic Party, to be its next president.

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South Korea's Moon Jae-in will likely the next president of South Korea, according to The Washington Post.

And it could have implications for the United States.

Moon, the presidential candidate for the country’s liberal Democratic Party, won 41.4 percent of the vote, which is close to 20 points more than his closest rival, The Washington Post reported.

Conservative candidate Hong Joon-pyo had 23.3 percent of the vote, while centrist Ahn Cheol-soon earned 21.8 percent of the vote, exit polls showed.

Official results won’t be available until midnight in Seoul local time.

What should Americans know about South Korea’s potential new president? Here’s a quick run through of what people are saying.

  • The Washington Post reported that Moon wants to develop a better relationship with North Korea, which might open “a new and potentially difficult chapter in relations with Washington.”

  • Trump and Moon may be on the same page. CNN reported that he feels Trump’s willingness to meet with Kim Jung Un and discuss North Korea’s ongoing military strategy means they could work together in the future. The U.S. and South Korea have typically had a strong military alliance.

  • Moon earned the support among South Korea’s youth, Al Jazeera reported. He had the lowest support among the country’s older population.

  • Moon wants to reform South Korea’s economy, specifically the “family-run conglomerates … which dominate the domestic economy,” BBC reported.

  • Good quote on Bloomberg: “This is really a victory for the people who did their utmost to make a country for justice, unity, principles and common sense,” Moon said in a speech to supporters in Seoul. “I’ll become the president for everyone. A president who serves even those who didn’t support me."

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