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South Korea’s New President Gets Boost in Big Election Win

  • Yoon’s conservative People Power Party keeps Seoul and Busan
  • The PPP won 12 of the 17 major posts in the election
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, the candidate of the ruling People Power Party for the Seoul mayoral election, during a campaign rally in Seoul, on May 31.

Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, the candidate of the ruling People Power Party for the Seoul mayoral election, during a campaign rally in Seoul, on May 31.

Photographer: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

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South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol’s conservative party took a decisive victory in elections for leaders of major cities and provinces, in a show of support for his policies coming just three weeks after he took office.

Yoon’s People Power Party won 12 of the 17 major posts in elections held Wednesday for provincial governors and mayors, including the top job in the two biggest cities of Seoul and Busan, according to data from National Election Commission.