İrem GÖL -TDO- In the election that took place in South Korea yesterday amid the coronavirus outbreak, the ruling party won once more with an overwhelming majority. President Moon’s Democratic Party won 180 seats out of 300 in the National Assembly. The main opposition party came second in the elections by winning 103 seats. Since 1992, these elections South Korea saw the highest turnout rate with 66.2%.
Former Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said: “In line with the strict command the people gave us we will put top priority on overcoming the national crisis of the coronavirus and economic declines.” The governing party was facing harsh criticism due to the corruption scandals and political scene in South Korea was expected to change. Yet, relatively quick and effective response to the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea may have affected the tendency of the voters, according to observers.
Ji Yeon Hong from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology told “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.”