South Korea Elects a New President

May 10, 2017
Moon Jae-in the 19th President of Republic of Korea, The Inauguration Ceremony, By Korea.net / Korean Culture and Information Service (Jeon Han), via @Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0,

Interesting FactAs a student, Moon Jae-in was jailed for months for protesting against then-President Park Chung-hee, the father of Park Guen-hye (yep, we’re talking about the former President of South Korea Park Guen-hye who is now in jail on corruption charges).  

On May 9th, nearly two months after former President of South Korea Park Geun-hye was formally impeached, South Koreans went to their polling booths to vote for their next president in a snap election. Of those who were eligible to vote, 41% of them voted for Moon Jae-in over the 12 other candidates that were running for the position.

How did Moon Jae-in win over so many voters? He promised to regain the people’s trust by cleaning up the government, create more jobs for young people, open up discussions with North Korea (if given the right opportunity), and be a “president for all.”