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South Korea's opposition party wins 2 key local elections

Added 04-08-21 03:22:01am EST - “South Korea's conservative opposition party has won sweeping victories in mayoral by-elections in the country's two biggest cities, votes seen as a test of public sentiment ahead of next year's presidential election.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “South Korea’s opposition party wins 2 key local elections”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea’s conservative opposition party has won sweeping victories in mayoral by-elections in the country’s two biggest cities, votes seen as a test of public sentiment ahead of next year’s presidential election.

Oh Se-hoon of the opposition People Power Party won 57.5% of the votes cast in Wednesday’s election in Seoul, the capital city, according to the final vote tally released by the National Election Commission. Park Young-sun of the ruling Democratic Party won 39.2% of the votes.

In the mayoral election in Busan, the country’s second-largest city, People Power Party candidate Park Heong-joon beat Democratic Party candidate Kim Young-choon by about 28 percentage points, the tally showed.

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