Seoul Mayor's Election: Grenade in the …

South Korea’s extreme-right conservatives are in seeming shock over last Wednesday’s mayoral election in Seoul, as if the victor, an independent candidate named Park Won-soon, had brought a group of pro-North Korean followers into office with him. In fact, the debacle visited on the ruling Grand National Party probably means a diminution of the harsh rhetoric directed at North Korea, a relaxing of South Korea’s close embrace of Washington, DC, and raises the prospect that the economic system will shift to whatever extent practicable away from the chaebol, the giant conglomerates that run the economy, to a more welfare-oriented policy.

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