The 64-year-old leader has promised to tackle North Korea’s advancing nuclear ambitions and pacify tensions with the US and China
Human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in, who was elected president of South Korea on May 9, assumed office on Wednesday.
After months of political turmoil in the country over corruption set off by former president Lee Myung and conservative Park Geun–hye, people voted for the Liberal Democratic Party of which Moon is the representative.
The 64-year-old leader has promised to tackle North Korea’s advancing nuclear ambitions and pacify tensions with the US and China.
Political analysts postulated Moon’s victory as a mark in the history of the most turbulent political stretches of South Korea and the first liberal rule of the decade.
According to Yonhap news agency, the voter turnout was 58 percent, which was the highest in 20 years.
Moon’s inauguration was held in the National Assembly. After taking oath, he nominated Lee Nak-yon for prime minister.
The Korean Peninsula is on the verge of all-out war ever since North Korea has tested missile upon missile despite being censured by the United Nations. The US has also moved its ships into the region.