Oppn candidate Yoon elected SKorea Prez

Seoul, March 10 ( /Sputnik) Yoon Suk-yeol, a candidate from the conservative opposition People Power Party, has been elected the President of South Korea, with all ballots counted, according to the country’s national election commission. The Presidential elections in the South were held on March 9. The voter turnout was 77.1 per cent; more than 34 million people out of over 44 million voters cast their ballots. Yoon gained 48.56 per cent of the vote and his main rival Lee Jae-myung, a candidate from the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, got 47.83 per cent. The White House in a statement said US President Joe Biden spoke with President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol of the South to congratulate him on his election. “Together, they affirmed the strength of the US-South Korea’s alliance, which is the linchpin for peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific,” the statement said. “President Biden emphasised the US’ commitment to the defence of the South and that he looks forward to working together to deepen cooperation on key global challenges, including climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic, and supply chains. The two also committed to maintain close coordination on addressing the threats posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs,” it said. /SPUTNIK VP SY 1110

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