Exit poll reveals 'Moon' as S. Korea's next president

Exit poll reveals 'Moon' as S. Korea's next president

Two months after booting their sitting presiden.

(Jeon Heon-kyun/Pool Photo via AP).

South Korean voters turned out in record numbers. She decided not to vote, despite having the right to do so, South Korean media reported.

(Han Jong-chan/Yonhap via AP).

During the Sunshine Policy, Seoul actively engaged Pyongyang, which led to closer relations on both sides of the border and saw two South Korean Presidents visit the North Korean capital. Two months after booting their sitting pres.

Moon says their friendship changed his life. That would be positive for the stock rally, along with Moon's "expansionary" fiscal policy and diplomatic approach to North Korea, Kwon said.

South Korea is a key US ally in its push to get North Korea to rid itself of its nuclear and ballistic weapons program. He later worked as a human rights lawyer and chief of staff for Roh, who governed in 2003-2008.

South Korean presidential candidate Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea reacts to exit polls suggesting his victory, in the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday.

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The polls have shown Hong and the centrist Ahn Cheol-soo running even.

The polls have closed, and the votes are being tallied.

South Koreans cast their vote in a polling station on the presidential election Seoul.

Such polls have a low margin of error but are merely a snapshot of the stated intentions of certain voters.

Moon's certain victory will bring an end to nearly a decade of conservative rule in South Korea and the hard-line approach toward North Korea that had Seoul walking in lock-step with Washington.

Moon was born on the southern island of Geoje in 1952 during the Korean War after his parents fled the North.

The National Election Commission's measurements on Tuesday included the 11 million who participated in last week's early voting, which was used for the first time in a presidential election.

One in every four voters cast ballots in early voting last week, seen driven by higher participation by younger people.

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"I humbly accept the people's choice", Mr Anh said, while Mr Hong said, "I accept this election's outcome". The official announcement of the victor will be made early Wednesday morning. He didn't want to be named, citing office rules. While he intends to maintain the bilateral alliance between the US and South Korea, he has previously written that the South Korean people should learn to "say no to the Americans". He opposes a 2015 agreement with Tokyo that puts to rest the so-called "comfort women" issue.

The US State Department said Washington looked forward to continuing "close, constructive, deep cooperation" with South Korea's new president.

"He will push for an inter-Korean summit meeting, but this will only come after a meeting with President Trump", says political scientist Kim Hong-guk, a professor at South Korea's Kyonggi University. While Moon's Democratic Party of Korea now has the most representatives in the 299-member national assembly, parliamentary rules may make it hard to pass tough reform measures.

Opinion surveys have shown Moon as the favorite.

Such measures have not historically been popular with conservative administrations in the USA, however President Donald Trump has vacillated between tough, militaristic talk on the North Korea issue and suggesting he could sit down with Kim himself. Moon raised his arms in front of rows of campaign officials chanting "President Moon Jae-in".

"I gave all my body and soul (to the election) to the very end".

Moon's victory has been widely anticipated as the rare presidential by-election caused by the March 10 ouster of former conservative President Park Geun-hye had been viewed to be tilted in favor of liberal candidates.

The 64-year-old - who is accused by his critics of being soft on the North - has advocated dialogue to defuse tensions and to bring it to negotiations, and is seen to favour more independence in relations with the US, Seoul's security guarantor with 28,500 troops in the country.

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"This is the great victory for the great people who have been with me to build a just country, united country and a country where principle and common sense works, Moon said".

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