South Korea: 'Moon Jae-in to win presidential vote' - exit polls

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South Korea: 'Moon Jae-in to win presidential vote' - exit polls

Liberal Moon Jae-in is predicted to win the South Korean presidential vote, exit polls suggest.

Moon, 64, is expected to take over 40 percent of the vote.

The human rights lawyer favours a moderate policy on neighbour and rival, North Korea.

Why is there an election?

South Koreans have been voting in their presidential election, looking to move on from a corruption scandal that brought down former leader Park Geun-hye and shook the establishment.

The vote will end a months-long leadership vacuum. Park was ousted on charges of bribery and abuse of power and is in jail, awaiting trial.

Background on Moon Jae-in

Moon has criticised previous governments for failing to stop Pyongyang’s weapons development, and advocates dialogue while maintaining pressure and sanctions.

He also wants to reform powerful family-run conglomerates and boost spending to create jobs.

Who else was running?

Almost 20 points behind in the polls, centrist Ahn Cheol-soo voted in Seoul and said he would wait for the people’s “wise decision”.

If elected he, like Moon, was expected to avoid a lavish inauguration ceremony and start work immediately.

Third according to the polls, the ultra-conservative Hong Joon-Pyo cast his vote in the capital.

The outspoken former prosecutor, taken to task over sexism, argues for a harder line towards North Korea.

The winner is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday (May 10).