South Korea's political pendulum swings again

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South Korea held by-elections for the two posts of mayors in Seoul, the capital, and Busan the second largest city on 7th April 2021.
Oh Se-hoon and Park Hyung-Joon from the conservative People Power Party (PPP) won landslide victories. They will now serve the remaining fifteen months of the mayor’s term, until the regular cycle of local elections is restored.
In Korea by-elections held before general or presidential elections are regarded as bellwethers. Presidential elections will be held on 9th March 2022. Furthermore, in a country where presidents sit a single five-year term, a defeat by the president’s party accelerates their lame-duck period.
Original languageEnglish
VolumeMay 2021
Specialist publicationThe Diplomat
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2021


  • South Korea
  • electiona
  • by-electiona
  • Seoul
  • Busan
  • lame duck period
  • Moon Jae-in
  • misogyny
  • metoo
  • corruption scandals


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