Ruling party projected to win majority seats

Ruling party projected to win majority seats

Ruling party projected to win majority seats

"They won't be able to use the opposition party as an excuse for any shortcomings".

Additionally, COVID-19 patients being treated at hospitals or other facilities were able to vote by mail only if they applied during a five-day period in late March.

"Though the ruling party's failures were large, the United Future Party did not appeal to the public", the right-wing Chosun Ilbo newspaper wrote in an editorial Thursday morning.

Hwang Kyo-ahn, leader of the conservative United Future Party, who lost to a Democratic Party candidate at a key Seoul district, apologized to his supporters for "failing to prevent the country from going in a wrong direction at an important time".

The conservative party had "failed to rebrand" itself after the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye, which "limited the boundary of support to older generations and core support regions", Ji Yeon Hong, a professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, told AFP.

President Moon Jae-in's governing party in South Korea won a landslide in parliamentary elections Wednesday, as he leveraged his surging popularity over his country's largely successful battle against the coronavirus to increase his political sway.

After being elected on pledges to redistribute wealth through a policy Moon called "income-led growth", rising unemployment and issues such as soaring property prices had made the economy the president's weak spot.

The number of new daily infections in South Korea has recently slowed to about 30, and officials in Seoul are now considering how to begin reopening the economy. As of Thursday, South Korea had more than 10,600 people infected with 229 confirmed deaths. At home, the outbreak has ravaged the service industry, in particular tourism and retail.

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic puts civic life on hold in many countries around the world, South Koreans turned out in record numbers to vote in their country's parliamentary elections Wednesday, setting aside fears of the coronavirus in a democratic show of force.

North Korea has conducted five rounds of short-range missile tests this year, after conducting 13 rounds last year.

The prospects for Moon's party did not look good until less than two months ago.

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Because South Korea's national assembly is a combination of directly elected district representatives and proportional seats assigned to parties based on voter support, each constituent votes for a district candidate and a party.

With a firm majority in place, the administration may feel emboldened to attempt to restart dialogue.

Anti-North Korea conservatives had dominated politics, the news media and other elite groups in South Korea during the decades following the 1950-53 Korean War.

"If we had postponed the election, we would have to fight COVID-19 without a legitimate government, which is far more unsafe than infection from voting booths", said Lee Sang-sin, a research fellow who focuses on political science and public opinion at the Korean Institute for National Unification.

Moon had successfully portrayed the outbreak as an "opportunity for South Korea to restructure its economy - capitalising on industries like AI and biopharma", she said, adding that voters had been impressed by global recognition of the administration's coronavirus response.

Experts said voters chose to support the government instead of holding it accountable for problems such as Mr Moon's controversial income-led growth policy as they felt that overcoming the coronavirus outbreak took priority over everything else.

"Moon has already been quite aggressive, and North Korea's responses have been lukewarm, at best".

South Korean election officials sort ballots from the parliamentary election for counting at a gymnasium in Seoul yesterday.

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Moon intends to weaken the prosecution's investigative clout by reducing the number of departments with the authority to carry out investigations on their own.

He is also seeking to set up an independent body that can investigate allegations of political corruption by politicians, but critics say that could be used to to dig up dirt on the ruling party's political opponents.

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