Seoul, – Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party declared victory in South Korea’s presidential election held to choose a successor to ousted former President Park Geun-hye.

The 64-year-old won some 11.7 million, or 40.3 percent, of all votes counted so far, according to the country’s National Election Commission (NEC), while an exit poll showed him with 41.4 percent of all votes cast in the rare presidential by-election.

He was followed by Hong Joon-pyo of the conservative Liberty Korea Party, who had some 7.3 million votes, accounting for 25.04 percent of votes counted so far.

“I will build a new nation. I will make a great Korea, a proud Korea. And I will be the proud president of such a proud nation,” the president-elect said late Tuesday, declaring his victory even when less than half of all votes had been counted.

Hong Joon-pyo accepted the saying: “If the outcome of the exit poll is true, I will be happy to have rebuilt the party that had collapsed”. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency