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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on April 11th, 2012 at 10:10 am

In A Surprise Upset, South Korea’s Ruling Party Ahead In Parliamentary Elections

Leave it to the South Korean left to lose an election that should have been a landslide in their favor considering how unpopular the ruling party has been in recent months:

South Korea’s ruling party headed toward an upset victory in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections in what would be a major boon for its leader and presidential hopeful Park Geun-hye just eight months before the presidential vote.

With about 84 percent of the votes counted, the ruling Saenuri Party won or was leading in 127 directly contested districts, according to an analysis by public broadcaster KBS based on data from the National Election Commission.

The main opposition Democratic United Party (DUP) won or was ahead in 107 districts, and its coalition partner Unified Progressive Party won two districts and was leading in four other districts, according to KBS.

Six seats were expected to go to the minor opposition Liberty Forward Party or independents.

Combined with proportional seats, the ruling party was expected to win 148 of the total 300 seats up for grabs against the DUP’s 131 seats, KBS said. MBC TV gave a similar projection of the ruling party winning 150 seats and the DUP 130 seats.  [Yonhap]

Referring back to my prior article on this election quoting the Korea Economic Reader, it appears the South Korean electorate prefer having their country run by a “party of competent but cynical crooks than a party of incompetent but similarly cynical opportunists”.  This is also a big win for Park Geun-hye who took over election responsibilities in December when the conservatives’ public approval ratings were at their lowest.  Since then she was able to slowly cut into the large lead the Korean left held mostly due to their own incompetence.

I think Park is now a very strong contender for the Presidency in Korea after this result.  The Korean left will probably now be in full panic mode now to get Ahn Cheol-soo to run for the Presidency because he is probably the only one that can beat Park considering these election results.

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  • John in CA
    11:05 am on April 11th, 2012 1

    I pray for the day when a liberal in S korea is really a liberal and not a frontman for Kim of N Korea. Seriously when I hear these supposedly human rights fighters keeping quiet on what is going on in N Korea, I feel like puking.

  • Sam
    11:17 am on April 11th, 2012 2

    I think S Korea can not be democrtic country anyway with such corruption and bribery in social system.I think they belong to Japan or China.
    They have no identity and not even close to advanced country. Their time is gone forever with this kind election result.
    Japan and China will be very happy, because they have seen Korea is hopeless country and no future.

    Go Japan and China.

  • Tom Langley
    12:36 pm on April 11th, 2012 3

    If the conservative ruling party wins then hopefully (although I doubt it) the communist North Koreans will quit the bs mind games & negotiate in earnest. Like I said, I doubt it.

  • USFKisWasteofSexDollars
    1:20 pm on April 11th, 2012 4

    Oh really Sam, that’s news to me. Go have a look at safe Korean streets vs your gangland streets full of graffiti and drugs, and you tell me who’s more advanced. Corruption and bribery you say? No-one can even come close to the corruption and bribery that goes on in Washington, New York, and Wall Street.

    Nobody comes even close to the amount of money your leaders stole from people around the world. They even bankrupted your country and turned it into a Third World pretending to be a first world, living on borrowed time and past reputation. That is if you aren’t busy killing and torturing innocent people in Afghanistan and Iraq. America is hopeless country with no future and nothing but debt owed to everybody, including your new master, China.

    I’m sorry to say this but to your post above… :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Dreamboat Annie
    3:09 pm on April 11th, 2012 5

    Why didn’t the Korean left campaign on that “free school lunches for all” promise that helped them win the Seoul’s Mayoral race last year? Maybe because they realize it would cost too much?

  • Dreamboat Annie
    3:12 pm on April 11th, 2012 6

    Oddly, this may be the best the Korean left can do in a National Assembly election. They just don’t have support in areas of high growth like Gyeonngi-do.

  • JoeC
    5:23 pm on April 11th, 2012 7

    Absentee voting didn’t turn out too well.

    Apparently it’s too inconvenient to have to travel to an embassy or consulate to register and then again to vote so there was very low participation.

  • Chris in South Korea
    9:44 pm on April 11th, 2012 8

    If there’s one thing Korea didn’t have to copy from the US, it’s the political playbook. Republicans / conservatives are typically better organized, but Democrats / liberals fall apart because of poor candidate selection and odd organization / leadership. Sound familiar?

  • Jeremy
    1:48 am on April 12th, 2012 9

    John in CA –

    I do know that the New Progressive Party isn’t pro-DPRK, but they have no seats in the National Assembly.

  • Dreamboat Annie
    3:01 am on April 12th, 2012 10

    8- How about lack of issues for the Korean left. What issues did they emphasize in this election? Nothing that mattered. There were plenty of issues out there that could have been brought up- high college tuition costs, high consumer prices (because of overprotectionism), gas prices, more roads, better management of land and water resources, and so on. Instead they brought silly issues that were DOA on the voter’s doorsteps.

  • John in CA
    10:17 am on April 12th, 2012 11

    Candidate selection in S Korea is strange in that there’s no primary. Party bosses pick candidates, hence rumors of bribes by people trying to be picked etc etc.

    Exactly my point. my view is that any/all ‘liberals’ that are in the S Korean National Assebmly are pro-DPRK. And how can they be? Haven’t they heard the interviews given by the 25,000+ defectors from N Korea? Haven’t they read ‘Escape From Camp 14′?

    “party of competent but cynical crooks than a party of incompetent but similarly cynical opportunists”
    This is a very accurate statement. the liberals in S Korea are incompetent & cynical opportunists. they can’t even pick right topics to focus on during the election.


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