South Korea may change view on North
13 May, 2017
President Moon Jae-in at a press conference, Seoul, 10 May.
Liberal politician Moon Jae-in decisively won South Korea's presidential election last Tuesday, ending nearly a decade of conservative rule and bringing a more conciliatory approach toward North Korea, news wires reported. The snap elections were scheduled after parliament's impeachment of conservative former President Park Geun-hye over an extensive corruption scandal.
"I will make a just, united country," Moon told a crowd gathered to see the former human rights lawyer who entered politics just five years ago. "I will be a president who also serves all the people who did not support me."
Moon, who narrowly lost to Park in the last presidential election in 2012, favours dialogue with North Korea to ease tension over its accelerating nuclear and missile program. He also wants to reform powerful family-run conglomerates, such as Samsung and Hyundai, and boost fiscal spending to create jobs. His Democratic Party holds 40% of the single-chamber, 299-seat assembly, which means he will have to build coalitions to pass legislation.