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Voting begins in South Korea

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Voting begins in South Korea


Voters in South Korea are electing a new National Assembly with the governing Saenuri party is hoping to strengthen its position in parliament.

The vote is seen as especially important for President Park Geun-hye, whose time in office has been hampered by legislative gridlock.

The ruling party is aiming to win the three-fifths of seats needed before bills can be introduced and passed by parliament. The party currently holds only a slim majority in the chamber.

Wednesday’s vote allows the ruling Saenuri Party to comfortably regain its majority over a divided opposition, as pollsters predict, it raises expectations the party will take the presidency in 2017, after Park’s single term expires.

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