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16 Apr 2020 | 07:30 AM UTC

South Korea: Incumbent party wins parliamentary elections April 16

Incumbent party wins parliamentary elections April 16; heightened security measures expected



On Thursday, April 16, election authorities declared the incumbent Democratic Party as winner of the Wednesday, April 15, parliamentary elections. According to a statement, the Democratic Party and its affiliates won 180 seats out of 300, the largest majority on record since South Korea's transition to democracy in 1987. The United Future opposition party won 103 seats.

Political rallies and protests are possible following the election results; a heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be anticipated near all such demonstrations.


South Korea is among the first countries to hold a national election during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.


Individuals in South Korea are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all associated demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.