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S Korea ruling party sweeps local elections after summit

AFP  |  Seoul 

South Korea's ruling (DP) won a landslide victory today in local elections held the day after a historic summit between the and

The triumph in the first elections since Moon Jae-in took office around a year ago is widely seen as a boon to the country's leader, who helped bring together the Cold War foes for an unprecedented meeting.

Exit polls by three major broadcasters suggested the won 14 of the 17 metropolitan mayoral and gubernatorial posts contested in today's vote.

These included the capital Seoul, whose current was predicted to retain his post for a third term -- cementing his status as a top when Moon steps down in 2022.

The was also forecast to secure 10 of the 12 seats up for grabs in parliamentary by-elections held simultaneously, with the remaining two seats going to the main opposition Liberty Party (LKP) and an independent.

This will bring the number of DP seats to 128 in the 300-seat parliament, followed by LKP's 114.

The other seats are shared by five splinter parties and five independents.

The LKP secured only two posts, winning the mayorship in its powerbase and the governorship of the nearby province of North Gyeongsang, according to the exit polls.

The liberal Moon was elected in May last year after former from the LKP was impeached and jailed in a massive corruption scandal.

Moon, who has prioritised seeking rapprochement with the North, played a key role in arranging the summit between US and the North's in this week, which focused on dismantling the North's nuclear arsenal.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 17:50 IST