Opposition takes top spots in local electionsLiberal opposition candidates trounced the conservative ruling Grand National Party in Wednesday's local elections, upsetting the Lee Myung-bak administration's drive for key reform and development projects.
Although incumbent Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon of the Grand National Party managed reelection against his Democrat rival, his razor-thin victory by only 26,000 votes was only confirmed yesterday morning as ballot counting continued overnight. Oh won 47.43 percent of the vote while Han received 46.83 percent.
The Grand Nationals won six of the 16 metropolitan city mayor and provincial governor posts, recording victories in Seoul, Gyeonggi, Busan, Daegu, Ulsan and North Gyeongsang. The Democrats won seven top posts in Incheon, Gwangju, Gangwon, North and South Chungcheong and North and South Jeolla.
The conservative minority Liberty Forward Party took the Daejeon mayor's office, while independent candidates won South Gyeongsang and Jeju.
The Democrats also won a commanding presence on the Seoul City Council.
Accepting the defeat, Grand National Chairman Chung Mong-joon said yesterday that he will resign from his post. Blue House Chief of Staff Chung Chung-kil also expressed his intention to President Lee to step down, the presidential office said.
By Ser Myo-ja [email@example.com]
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