The 2022 South Korean presidential election on 9 March is the 20th Republic of Korea presidential election and the 8th presidential election since democratization.
Under the constitution, the elected president is restricted to a single five-year term in office. Following the impeachment of President Pak Geun-Hye, Moon Jae-in of the Democratic party defeated Hong Jun-pyo of the Liberty Korea Party and centrist Ahn Cheol-soo of the People party in an early election called in 2017, bringing the Democrats back to the Blue House for the first time in the nine years.
With the leading candidates, Lee Jae-myung of the ruling Democratic Party (DPK) and Yoon Suk-yeo of the opposition People Power Party (PPP), closely matched in the public opinion polls, the election is difficult to predict at this stage. A number of critical themes have been part of the presidential campaign, including income and gender inequality, issues of political trust and transparency, policy towards North Korea, and alliance politics and relations with the People’s Republic of China.
The webinar brings a group of experts to share their observations, insights, and analysis of the evolving dynamic of the presidential election and the implications for South Korea’s neighbouring regions and beyond.
- Who are the candidates?
- What are the polls?
- What are the key campaign topics of the leading candidates?
- What are the likely implications of the election outcome for economic, foreign and security policies in the coming months?