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S. Korea votes amid a fragile economy & regional tension

May 09, 2017, 7:41 AM EDT
Democratic Party’s Moon Jae-in leads the race for presidency.
(Source: Lê Thanh Sang/flickr)

South Korea votes in a presidential election on Tuesday as the country seeks to recover from a brief leadership vacuum left by the unprecedented ouster of its former president Park Geun-hye, currently jailed over charges of graft and abuse of power.

A high voter turnout is expected as young S. Koreans are eager to move on from a tainted government at a time when threat from a fragile economy and regional tensions with Pyongyang loom large over the country, notes the BBC.

The opinion polls show Democratic Party’s Moon Jae-in is set for a comfortable victory unless there is a major upset, writes Reuters. Moon has been advocating a moderate approach towards North Korea, whereby he calls for simultaneous dialogue and sanctions to trigger a change.