Exit polls indicate liberal candidate Moon Jae-in has won South Korea’s presidential election. Polls show Moon secured 41% of the vote. His nearest challenger, conservative Hong Joon Pyo, received roughly 23 percent, while centrist candidate Ahn Cheol Soo won nearly 22 percent. Both Hong and Ahn have conceded defeat.
This was a snap election, held after former President Park Geun Hye was removed from office in March for a corruption scandal. Moon is expected to be sworn in and begin his five year term on May 10(Today) after the votes are officially tallied. Moon, of the Democratic Party of Korea, is a former human rights lawyer who ran for president in 2012, losing to Park. Moon will be the first liberal to hold the presidency since 2008.
His policies include taking a more conciliatory approach toward North Korea. At a victory speech in Seoul, Moon promised to unify the country.