Sean Spicer The Bush Hider
by Sage Addington '18
South Korea's 2017 Election
by Sydnee Yazzie '18
Citizens of South Korean went to the polls to vote for a successor to former President Park Geun-hye, who was forced from office in a corruption scandal on Tuesday May 9th 2017. The hopes of this election was to choose a “clean” President and put a stop to political corruption.
The election was being closely watched in China. Its relations with South Korea have been tense since an American anti-missile system was deployed on Korean soil, prompting Chinese boycotts of Korean products. American leaders are concerned that a victory by Mr. Moon could lessen South Korean resolve to confront North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs.
The new South Korean president must deal with both Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea who is determined to expand his arsenal of nuclear missiles, and President Trump, whose approach to the North has alarmed many South Koreans who find it confusing and dangerous.
At home, the new president must address the public grievances against deep-rooted corrupt ties between the government and businesses that brought about Ms. Park’s downfall. All candidates have pledged to overhaul the chaebol, the family-controlled conglomerates that have dominated the economy for decades, to make them more transparent.
With 60 percent of the vote counted, Mr. Moon was in first place with 39.6 percent of the vote. Hong Joon-pyo had 26.2 percent. Ahn Cheol-soo, had 21.3 percent.
Moon won with 41.08%, according to the commission, 13,423,800 voters selected Moon Jae-in as their preference for President.
In his victory speech, Moon said, "This is the great victory for the great people who have been with me to build a just country, united country and a country where principle and common sense works.”
Moon also vowed to be the “People’s President”.
April Poll Results!
100% of Ambush! Poll takers said the United States should stay out of foreign affairs. 75% of Ambush Survey takers also said they did not think the missile attack on Syria will benefit the United States in anyway.