Design digest: presidential election, South Korea

Presidential elections were held in South Korea in May 2017, in which Moon Jae-in emerged victorious in one round of first past the post voting.

The outgoing president, Park Geun-hye, was impeached by the national legislature in December 2016; this decision was upheld by the Korean Constitutional Court in March 2017.

It has been reported that a parliamentary subcommittee will begin deliberating draft amendments to the constitution tending to reduce presidential power and, possibly, introduce a semi-presidential system to replace the current arrangement.

Context here, here, and here.


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