Ignoring North Korea’s threats, South Korea just elected a pacifist

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Starchy but sweet: Moon Jae-in at a campaign rally. (Hwang Kwang-mo/Yonhap via Reuters)

South Korea’s citizens have chosen a 64-year-old former human rights lawyer, Moon Jae-in, as their new president, exit polls showed Tuesday night. Moon will take over from an interim government that replaced the disgraced ex-president Park Geun-hye, who was impeached in March.

More than 41 percent of South Koreans voted for Moon over his main rivals, conservative candidate Hong Jun-pyo of the Liberty Korea Party, sometimes called “Hong Trump,” and centrist candidate Ahn Cheol-soo, a software entrepreneur who joined politics.

Official results will be out early Wednesday (May 10) Korea time.

Both rivals conceded Tuesday night after exit polls showed Moon ahead. Moon told supporters he would work for reform and national unity, and spoke of the “sheer desperation” of the Korean people.

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Source: News Now/Quartz Online

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