South Korean landslide changes Japan and Singapore election math

TOKYO — South Korea’s deft handling of the coronavirus pandemic powered President Moon Jae-in’s ruling Democratic Party to a landslide general election win last week. The central lesson for politicians across Asia is that prioritizing public health, even over economic interests, can pay off at the ballot box.

This could change the political calculations for leaders facing national votes over the next couple of years.

New Zealand and Myanmar are set to hold general elections this autumn, Singapore has to hold one by April 2021, and Japan by October that year. There is also the small matter of the U.S.

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Moon has no excuses for missing policy goals after landslide

SEOUL — The thumping win by President Moon Jae-in’s left-leaning Democratic Party in Wednesday’s National Assembly election puts the government¬†in a strong position to push ahead on key policy objectives.

The ruling party’s decisive victory could pave the way to pass legislation to accomplish those goals, which include fairer income distribution, North Korea rapprochement and reform of the prosecution system.

“With 180 seats [out of 300] in the National Assembly, the ruling party can do pretty much anything except revise the Constitution,” wrote Kang Young-hwan, a columnist for Sisa News.

“That means it is now up to the ruling

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Moon’s Democrats win South Korea general election in landslide

SEOUL — South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s ruling Democratic Party won Wednesday’s general election, claiming the biggest majority in the National Assembly by any party since the country’s transition to democracy in 1987.

The left-leaning DP and its satellite partner, the Together Citizens’ Party, won 180 seats in the 300-member National Assembly. The main opposition, the conservative United Future Party, and its satellite Future Korea Party took 103 seats.

The landslide victory for Moon’s party is a vindication of his government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. It also paves the way for him to push on with his agenda, which

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