Prime Minister Imran Khan has felicitated South Korea’s newly elected President Yoon Suk-Yeol on his win.
Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said he looks forward to working with Yoon to strengthen relations between the two countries.
I congratulate H.E Mr. Yoon Suk-yeol on his election as the President of the Republic of Korea. I look forward to working with him to further strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and the Republic of Korea.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 17, 2022
Belonging to conservative opposition, Yoon edged out a victory over the Democratic Party’s Lee Jae-myung following the country’s most tightly-contested election with the final count separated by less than 1%.
At his victory ceremony last week, Yoon pledged to tackle class inequality, pay attention to people’s livelihoods, honor the constitution and the parliament and work with opposition parties, calling the election result a “victory of the great people.”
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He said, “I would pay attention to people’s livelihoods, provide warm welfare services to the needy, and make utmost efforts so that our country serves as a proud, responsible member of the international community and the free world.”
Both presidential candidates were viewed as widely unpopular throughout the campaign. The local media dubbed the vote “election of the unfavourables.” Critics said neither candidate had presented a strategy regarding easing the North Korean nuclear weapons threat. Voters are also skeptical about how both would handle international relations amid the US-China rivalry besides the country’s stagnant economic growth.
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Yoon is to take office in May and serve a single five-year term as the world’s 10th-largest economy’s leader.