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Yoon's conservatives sweep South Korea local elections

New president now has mandate to carry out planned reforms

Lee Jun Seok, center, chairman of South Korea's ruling People Power Party, and others celebrate in Seoul on Wednesday.   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol's People Power Party swept the country's local elections on Wednesday, giving it a mandate to carry out planned reforms.

The governing conservative party won more than two-thirds of key cities and provinces nationwide. The PPP took seven out of eight major cities, including Seoul and Busan, while the opposition Democratic Party only took Gwangju. Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon was reelected with 59.1% of the vote, beating the DP's former leader Song Young-gil by almost 20 percentage points.

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