Published: Fri, May 05, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

South Koreans begin early voting to replace ousted Park

South Koreans begin early voting to replace ousted Park

It is South Korea's first presidential election with early voting after introducing it for parliamentary and mayoral elections in recent years, the statement said.

South Koreans began casting their ballots in early voting for the presidential election on Thursday (May 4).

In the statement, Moon said that he intends to sign a peace treaty with Pyongyang under the condition of it disposing of nuclear arms, and restart economic cooperation between the two Koreas.

Hong Joon-pyo, presidential candidate of the Liberty Korea Party, leaves after attending a ceremony celebrating the birthday of Buddha at Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, May 3, 2017. However, the approach ultimately failed to halt North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Also at play is Park's decision to allow the deployment of a sophisticated USA missile-defense system to cope with the North Korean threat.

One long-time North Korea watcher slammed Pyongyang, arguing that doing following its advice would only weaken the South.

A former human rights lawyer and special forces soldier, he is leading the final round of polls by more than 18 points.

A higher turnout, especially among those in their 20s to 40s who have historically been indifferent to politics, is seen boosting liberal candidate Moon Jae-in, who wrote in a book published in January South Korea should learn to say "no to America".

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He said voters are still angry over the accusations of collusion between business and political interests and they see Moon as a "clean" candidate. Moon also toned down his THAAD criticism, saying its deployment would be inevitable if North Korea continued provocations.

Such measures have not historically been popular with conservative administrations in the US. More than 29,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, and both countries are treaty-bound to guarantee the other's defense. But he argues that USA policies emphasizing military pressure and sanctions alone will not resolve the North Korean nuclear threat.

"Whoever becomes the next president, he will have his job cut out for him given the daunting tasks that await him", said former prime minister Kim Hwang-Shik.

"I believe President Trump is more reasonable than he is generally perceived".

If Moon wins the presidential election, as indicated by the poll, it will mark the end of a decade's worth of governance by the Conservative camp, noted OCBC in a research report. Moon has promised to review his predecessor's decision to deploy the USA anti-missile system called "THAAD"-the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense".

This week, Washington and the caretaker government in Seoul announced THAAD was up and running, at least partially. The Korean company handed over a golf course in Seongju, in southeastern South Korea, as the THAAD home.

"It's touching a nerve here, which everyone can relate to, the US disrespecting South Korean sovereignty", he said. "We need someone who will be able to push through tough bills and protect us from North Korea".

Older South Koreans mistrust Moon's less confrontational stance on North Korea, at a time when Pyongyang is threatening a sixth nuclear test and accelerating long-range missile tests.

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