Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Exit polls in South Korea forecast win for liberal Moon

The new president will also face the challenge of defusing tension with China, which is angry about South Korea's decision to deploy a US anti-missile system that China sees as a threat. Two months after booting their si.

Moon also says he would be willing to visit Pyongyang to meet Kim and advocates resumption of some of the inter-Korean projects shuttered by his predecessors, including the Kaesong joint industrial zone.

(Jeon Heon-kyun/Pool Photo via AP). Two months after booting their sitting pres.

Moon Jae-in, a human rights lawyer-turned-liberal politician, was poised to take the South Korean presidency in a landslide, early vote counts and exit polls showed late Tuesday.

"Moon wasn't my favorite candidate in terms of policies, but I voted for him because he represented the best chance to switch government power, and that's the most important thing", said Lee Ah-ram, a 39-year-old Seoul resident.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The exit poll that forecast liberal candidate Moon Jae-in's victory in South Korea's presidential election Tuesday surveyed about 89,000 people, a fraction of the country's 42.5 million eligible voters.

Voting stations are set to close at 8 p.m. and South Korean TV stations plan to release the results of their joint exit polls soon after the vote ends. South Korean presidential candidate Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party and his wife Kim Jung-suk wave after voting for a presidential election at a junior high school in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Outspoken conservative Hong Joon-pyo, the candidate from Park's Liberty Korea Party, described the election as a war between ideologies and questioned Moon's patriotism.

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

North Korea would be keen to see a Moon victory.

"When he becomes president, the rift between liberals and conservatives will deepen all the more, and national reconciliation would be further off", former Yonsei University political science professor Kim Syng-Ho said.

Moon is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday after the National Election Commision releases the official result.

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The pollsters tried to interview one in every five people after they had cast their ballots.

The allegations incensed many in South Korea, with millions taking to the streets in protest.

Ahn expressed hope that more voters will come out and achieve a record high turnout. The head of the commission will announce the victor between 8 and 10 a.m. on Wednesday. He didn't want to be named, citing office rules. Mr Moon, by contrast, has called the system's recent deployment "very regrettable" and said in a book published recently that South Korea should learn to "say no to the Americans".

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the neighboring countries share common strategic interests.

"I'll take charge so you won't have to worry about security, national defense and peace", Moon said Monday in a message addressed to senior citizens, many of them conservative voters who oppose Moon because of what they see as a soft North Korea policy. The row persists over a statue built outside the Japanese consulate in Busan.

The Democratic candidate has questioned the USA government's deployment of the controversial THAAD missile defense system to South Korean soil and called for the beginning of talks with North Korea.

Hong cast his vote in Seoul on Tuesday and later said the election was a "war of regime choices between people, whether they decide to accept a North Korea-sympathizing leftist government or a government that can protect the liberty of the Republic of Korea". He promises stronger government support for small companies and startups, and to reduce South Korea's notoriously long work hours to help boost job creation.

Hong has pitched himself as a "strongman" who can hold his own against other "nationalist" leaders in Washington, Tokyo and Beijing.

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to stop North Korea developing a nuclear missile that can hit the United States.

But whoever becomes president could also dramatically alter the current state of affairs on the Korean Peninsula starting day one - the victor will immediately take charge.

Frustration over widening inequality in wealth and opportunities fuelled anger over Park's scandal, which exposed the cosy and corrupt ties between regulators and powerful family-oriented conglomerates, known as chaebols, that have endured for decades.

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