South Korea’s Election Will Be Decided by Young Voters

Presidential candidates Lee Jae-myung, left, of the ruling Democratic Party and Yoon Suk Yeol of the main opposition People Power Party pose for photos before a televised debate, in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 3, 2022 (Photo by Yonhap via AP).
Presidential candidates Lee Jae-myung, left, of the ruling Democratic Party and Yoon Suk Yeol of the main opposition People Power Party pose for photos before a televised debate, in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 3, 2022 (Photo by Yonhap via AP).

With less than a week before voting on March 9, the race for who will become South Korea’s next president is unusually close. After a brief campaign season marked by mudslinging and endless scandals, the choice between the two leading candidates—Lee Jae-myung of the ruling Democratic Party, and Yoon Suk Yeol of the conservative People Power Party—will likely be decided by a highly unpredictable bloc: young voters. Whoever wins will replace President Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party, who, after running a hopeful campaign in 2017 promising to tackle corruption and inequality, is ending his five-year term with a relatively […]

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