South Korean ruling party sweeps pandemic-ridden legislation

South Korea's government and liberal Democratic Party (PD) has won an absolute majority in the National Assembly (Parliament), the results of the legislative elections held on Wednesday and marked by the coronavirus pandemic show today.

With 96% of the votes counted, the PD of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his satellite formation, the also liberal Platform Party, obtained 180 of the 300 seats that the camera has, according to data from the National Electoral Commission ( NEC).

The main opposition bloc, formed by the conservative Unitary Future Party (PFU) and its satellite group, Future Party, achieved a total of 103 seats, a setback that already led to the resignation of its leader, the former president, on the eve Acting and former Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn.

This is the first parliamentary majority that the Liberals have achieved in 16 years.

In turn, the participation, of 66.2%, was the highest registered since 1992 in some legislative acts, marked in this case by strict sanitary measures to ensure that during the vote the spread of the coronavirus would not be promoted.

The electoral appointment was maintained thanks to the fact that the authorities are currently managing to control the spread of the virus in South Korea, which for more than a week has barely counted around 30 new infections a day and has already managed to register almost 75% of its more than 10,600 infected.

Since it detected its first major outbreak in late February, the Asian country has gone from being the second most affected in the world to flattening its contagion curve in just three weeks thanks to a program that combines massive testing of suspected cases, exhaustive monitoring of traces of infection and general hospitalization.

That is why these legislative acts, which are held every four years and serve to measure support for the current president (who is elected every five), have been interpreted mainly as a referendum on the management that the Moon Government has made of the coronavirus crisis.

Before the pathogen was detected in South Korea in late January, Moon's popularity, in power since 2017, was not strong due to corruption scandals in his party and the poor economic situation.

The handling of the current crisis, however, has earned him to restore citizen support and achieve a parliamentary majority that will cement his power and allow him to legislate practically without opposition until the end of his mandate, scheduled for 2022.


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