South Korean presidential election, 2017

South Korean presidential election, 2017
South Korea
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Turnout 77.2%
  Moon Jae-in May 2017.jpg Hong Jun-pyo at COEX (Cropped).jpg Ahn Cheol-Soo.jpg
Nominee Moon Jae-in Hong Jun-pyo Ahn Cheol-soo
Party Democratic LKP People's Party (South Korea, 2016)
Popular vote 13,423,800 7,852,849 6,998,342
Percentage 41.08% 24.03% 21.41%

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provinces and cities won by

– Moon Jae-in

– Hong Jun-pyo

President before election

Hwang Kyo-ahn
Acting
Independent

Elected President

Moon Jae-in
DPK

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The 19th South Korean presidential election was held on 9 May 2017, after the impeachment and dismissal of Park Geun-hye. [1] The election was conducted in a single round on a first-past-the-post basis.

The election was originally scheduled to be held on 20 December 2017, but was moved earlier after the decision of the Constitutional Court on 10 March 2017 to uphold the parliament's impeachment of Park Geun-hye. In order to avoid a power vacuum, then-Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn succeeded Park as the acting president. After Park was removed from the office by the Constitutional Court's ruling, acting president Hwang indicated he would not run for a term in his own right. [2] [3] [4]

Opinion polling before April consistently placed the Democratic Party's candidate, Moon Jae-in, runner-up in the 2012 election, as the front-runner. Second place in the opinion polls was initially held by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who declined to run in February, followed by Ahn Hee-jung, whilst he lost the Democratic primaries to Moon. Support for People's Party founder Ahn Cheol-soo then surges, threatening Moon's lead in the polls throughout early April, before descending to approximately equal that of Liberty Korea Party's candidate, Hong Jun-pyo, in final polls.

Unlike the previous presidential elections, the new president-elect assumed the office immediately upon the confirmation of results by the National Election Commission, with the inauguration at the National Assembly on the same day.

Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea won the plurality of the votes (41.08% in contrast to 24.03% won by his closest opponent Hong Joon-pyo), thus winning this election. He assumed the office as the President of South Korea immediately upon the confirmation of the results at 8:09 am on 10 May 2017 (Local time) and was inaugurated in the National Assembly at the afternoon on the same day. [5]

Results

Regions · Provinces · Cities Moon Jae-in May 2017.jpg Hong Jun-pyo at COEX (Cropped).jpg Ahn Cheol-Soo.jpg Yoo Seong-min in Gangneung (Cropped).jpg Sim Sangjung and Moon Jaein in 2015 (cropped to Sim).jpg
Moon Jae-in
Democratic
Hong Jun-pyo
Liberty Korea
Ahn Cheol-soo
People's
Yoo Seung-min
Bareun
Sim Sang-jung
Justice
Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes %
Sudokwon Seoul 2,781,345 42.3 1,365,285 20.78 1,492,767 22.7 476,973 7.26 425,459 6.47
Incheon 747,090 41.2 379,191 20.9 428,888 23.7 118,691 6.54 129,925 7.16
Gyeonggi 3,319,812 42.1 1,637,345 20.8 1,807,308 22.9 540,023 6.84 546,373 6.92
Gwandong
( Gangwon)
324,768 34.2 284,909 30.0 206,840 21.8 65,278 6.86 62,389 6.56
Hoseo
( Chungcheong)
Daejeon 404,545 42.9 191,376 20.3 218,769 23.2 59,820 6.34 63,669 6.75
North Chungcheong 374,806 38.6 255,502 26.3 211,454 21.8 57,282 5.90 65,095 6.70
South Chungcheong 476,661 38.6 306,614 24.8 290,216 23.5 68,521 5.55 83,868 6.79
Sejong 77,767 51.1 23,211 15.2 32,010 21.0 9,192 6.03 9,353 6.14
Honam
( Jeolla)
Gwangju 583,847 61.1 14,882 1.55 287,222 30.1 20,862 2.18 43,719 4.60
North Jeolla 778,747 64.8 40,231 3.34 285,467 23.8 60,802 2.56 29,296 4.93
South Jeolla 737,921 59.9 30,221 2.45 378,179 30.7 25,819 2.09 49,509 4.01
Yeongnam
( Gyeongsang)
Busan 872,127 38.7 720,484 32.0 378,907 16.8 162,480 7.21 94,329 4.85
Ulsan 282,794 38.1 203,602 27.5 128,520 17.3 60,289 8.13 62,187 8.38
Daegu 342,620 21.8 714,205 45.4 235,757 15.0 198,459 12.60 74,440 4.72
North Gyeongsang 369,726 21.7 827,237 48.6 253,905 14.9 149,017 8.75 88,080 5.17
South Gyeongsang 779,731 36.7 790,491 37.2 284,272 13.4 142,479 6.71 113,051 5.32
Jeju 169,493 45.5 68,063 18.3 77,861 20.9 22,784 6.11 31,716 8.51
Total 13,423,800 41.08% 7,852,849 24.03% 6,998,342 21.41% 2,208,771 6.76% 2,017,458 6.17%

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