South Korea

GNP lose Seoul


The ruling Grand National Party (GNP) of President Lee Myung-bak have lost the mayoralty of Seoul after holing the position since 2002.

Independent candidate Park Won-soon took 53.4% of the vote with about half the electorate voting. His main rival, GNP candidate Na Kyung-won took 46.2% according to the National Election Commission.

The 8.4 million voters in Seoul represent about one fifth of the national total of 39 million voters. Therefore, this election is significant in that it demonstrates the continuing loss of support for the GNP.

A general election is to be held next April (six months away) for the 229 member National Assembly, with the Presidential election slated for December next year. These latest results would suggest a tight contest lies ahead.

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