South Korea PM ‘offers to resign’ after opposition wins landslide midterm parliamentary vote

South Korea PM ‘offers to resign’ after opposition wins landslide midterm parliamentary vote
  • PublishedApril 12, 2024

The results of the election are a huge political blow to President Yoon Suk Yeol, who has three years left in office, and has been battling low approval ratings and a liberal opposition-controlled parliament that has limited his major policy platforms.

South Korea’s liberal opposition party has won by a landslide in parliamentary elections – with senior ruling party politicians reportedly offering to resign following the crushing defeat.

The results of Wednesday’s election are a huge political blow to President Yoon Suk Yeol, who has three years left in office.

The results of Wednesday’s election are a huge political blow to President Yoon Suk Yeol, who has three years left in office.

With most of the votes counted, the main opposition Democratic Party – led by Lee Jae-myung – and its satellite party appeared to have won a combined 175 seats in the 300-member National Assembly.

A splinter liberal party considered allied with the DP was expected to take 12 seats, projections showed.

However, the outcome leaves the bloc short of the 200 seats needed for a super-majority which would have given it legislative powers to overturn vetoes and even impeach the president.

Lee Jae-myung, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party. Pic: Reuters
Image:Lee Jae-myung, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party. Pic: ReutersSouth Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol casts his vote. Pic: Yonhap via Reuters
Image:South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol casts his vote. Pic: Yonhap via Reuters
He has been battling low approval ratings and a liberal opposition-controlled parliament that has limited his major policy platforms.
An official announcement of the results is due later on Thursday.

SOURCE: SKYNEWS

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