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.