South Korea elects conservative Yoon Suk-yeol as new president

US President Joe Biden congratulated Yoon on his victory in the South Korean election and reaffirmed their alliance

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has transferred his congratulations by telephone to the new president of South Korea, Yoon Suk-yeol, for his victory in the elections.

Both leaders have affirmed “the strength” of the alliance between the United States and South Korea and have highlighted that it is “the axis of peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific”, as reported by the White House in a release.

Biden has underlined “the commitment” of the United States to the defense of South Korea and has advocated “working together to deepen cooperation on the main global challenges.”

During the conversation, the White House tenant told Yoon his desire to cooperate on challenges such as “climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic and supply chains.” Both have pledged “to maintain close coordination” to deal with “threats” posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

Yoon Suk Yeol, of the People’s Power Party (PPP), prevailed on Wednesday in a close presidential election in South Korea with 48.57 percent of the vote, just 245,000 more than the candidate of the ruling Democratic Party (DPK). , Lee Jae Myung.

At 61, Yoon is challenged to rule South Korea for the next five years, taking over from social-liberal Moon Jae In. Under the South Korean presidential system, practically all the measures pass through the hands of the head of state.

Source: dpa

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