South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party appears to have won 14 out of 17 mayoral and gubernatorial posts plus 10 out of 12 parliamentary seats in Wednesday’s elections, based on exit polling .
The sweeping victory left only two regional administrative posts and one parliamentary seat for the major opposition party, the Liberty Party of Korea, and its sole parliamentary victory was not certain as of Wednesday morning.
Local elections and parliamentary by-elections are not normally held at the same time in South Korea.
The Straits Times viewed the anticipated victory for the Democratic Party as a vote of confidence in President Moon’s diplomacy with North Korea and a positive response to the Singapore summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
An exit poll roundup by KBS World Radio found that some of the Democratic Party victories were narrow, but candidates such as incumbent Seoul mayor Park Won-soon won by “wide margins.”