Yoon Suk Yeol, a conservative former top prosecutor won South Korea’s presidential election with a very small margin on March 10th. The President-elect said he will build a powerful military and take a hard line against North Korean actions. He also promised to solidify the country’s alliance with the United States.
Yoon, who is new to politics, now has to control South Korea’s record-breaking COVID-19 cases and deal with economic issues. He also faces a nation sharply divided by areas of the country, political views, age and gender.
His victory was partly seen as a rejection of Moon's liberal government. Moon’s popularity suffered in recent years over failures to deal with economic inequalities, weak job markets and rising house prices. These problems have affected many people in their 20s and 30s. Yoon narrowly won the election by appealing to angry young men.
Yoon is a member of the opposition People Power Party. He won a five-year term beginning in May following a most contested presidential election.