S.Korea's ruling party wins sweeping victory in local elections

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SEOUL, June 2 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's ruling People Power Party won a sweeping victory in local elections, election watchdog data showed Thursday.

The governing party won 12 out of 17 races for metropolitan mayors and provincial governors, including the capital Seoul, the west port city of Incheon, the southeast port city of Busan, and Gyeongsang provinces, a stronghold for the conservative bloc, according to the National Election Commission.

The main opposition Democratic Party won the remaining five races for mayors and governors, including Gyeonggi province and Jeolla province, home turf of the liberal bloc.

Out of the 226 races to elect local council chiefs, the People Power Party won 145 seats, with the Democratic Party garnering 63. Seventeen independent candidates won 17 races.

The People Power Party won five parliamentary seats out of the seven by-elections, and the Democratic Party gained the remaining two.

It came less than a month after South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol took office on May 10.

All of the Democratic Party leaders decided to quit the interim leadership committee to take responsibility for the election defeat. Enditem

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