×

Liberal Moon Jae-in Declares Victory in South Korean Presidential Election

Moon Jae-in, a political veteran and former human rights lawyer, looks set to become the next president of South Korea.

Exit polls at 8 p.m. local time pointed to a landslide victory with Moon gaining 41% in a wide field of candidates. By 11.45 p.m., Moon had 39% of actual votes, and 31% of total ballots counted.

The nearest rival, with a 26% share of the votes counted so far, was Hong Joon-pyo, a conservative backed by the Liberty Korea Party, the new name for the Saenuri Party of disgraced and deposed Park Geun-hye.

The presidential election was made necessary after a court in February upheld a decision by parliament in December to impeach Park.

Now in prison awaiting trial, Park had been embroiled in scandals involving alleged corruption and trading in influence through a close friend. Media-related corporations, including Samsung and Lotte, are alleged to have made multi-million dollar payments to Park’s friend in return for favorable treatment. Park was also instrumental in compiling a black list of entertainment industry figures who failed to support her.

The rifts caused by Park’s behavior brought millions of people — pro and anti — onto the streets of Seoul and other cities. That left South Korea divided and damaged, at a time when North Korean threats against the West, including South Korea, have reached new heights. Moon has pledged to try to heal the differences.

“This crushing victory was expected and is a victory of longing,” Moon told party members on the basis of the exit polls and the first ballots. “I will achieve reform and national unity, the two missions that our people long for.”

More Film

  • Dunkirk

    Harry Styles Is the Perfect Prince Eric; Why He'd Rock 'Little Mermaid' Role

    Could Harry Styles be the perfect Prince Eric? One day after the announcement that the One Direction star is “in early negotiations to play the iconic ‘Little Mermaid’ role,” the internet exploded with speculation as to how he would portray the object of Ariel’s affections. “I can see lots of reasons why Harry is perfect,” [...]

  • The Lion King

    Film News Roundup: PETA Sponsors Rescued Lion in Jon Favreau's Name

    In today’s film news roundup, PETA honors Jon Favreau for “The Lion King,” “Tigers Are Not Afraid” gets a theatrical release, a Kirk Franklin biopic is in development and “The Sixth Sense” gets an anniversary showing in Philadelphia. HONOR The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is sponsoring a rescued lion to honor director [...]

  • Tokyo Director-in-Focus-at-Japan-Now

    Nobuhiko Obayashi set as Japanese Director in Focus at Tokyo Film Festival

    Indie director, Nobuhiko Obayashi will be feted as the director in focus at the Japan Now section of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival. The festival will give a world premiere to his “Labyrinth of Cinema.” Supporting his art by shooting commercials, Obayashi is an indie whose dreamy works have influenced numerous other directors in [...]

  • Jimmi Simpson Joins Russell Crowe Movie

    Jimmi Simpson Joins Russell Crowe Thriller 'Unhinged' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Jimmi Simpson will play a key role in “Unhinged,” Variety has learned. He joins an impressive cast that includes Oscar-winner Russell Crowe and Caren Pistorius. Solstice Studios is producing the psychological thriller, which is currently filming in New Orleans. “Unhinged” centers on a woman named Rachel (Pistorius), who leans on her horn at the wrong [...]

  • David Crosby

    David Crosby Says New Documentary 'Remember My Name' Is Like 'Being Naked in Public’

    “It’s not easy. It’s hard being naked in public,” David Crosby, the legendary troubadour of classic rock, reflected at Tuesday night’s New York City premiere of “David Crosby: Remember My Name.” “I don’t know what to do here. There’s no guitars, no drums,” he laughed. Directed by newcomer A.J. Eaton and produced by the legendary [...]

  • Javier Bardem Dune

    Javier Bardem in Talks to Play King Triton in Disney's 'Little Mermaid'

    Javier Bardem is in talks to play King Triton in Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.” Halle Bailey will portray the Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of being a human, while Melissa McCarthy is playing her evil aunt Ursula. Harry Styles is also in early talks to play Prince Eric. “The Little Mermaid” [...]

  • UglyDolls

    STX Tries to Put Flops Behind It as It Searches for Star Executive, Fresh Capital

    After a series of film flops and an aborted initial public offering, STX Entertainment is battling mounting skepticism that it can survive in an increasingly unforgiving movie business. As it hustles to find $500 million in fresh capital, the company, which operates in the red according to financial disclosures, is simultaneously hoping to attract a [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content