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South Korea ruling party boosts majority with key poll wins

Published on Jul 31, 2014 10:11 AM
 
South Korean President Park Geun Hye walks out a voting booth after marking her ballots for the local elections at a polling station in Seoul on June 4, 2014. South Korea's ruling party celebrated on Thursday after sailing through a key by-election test that increased its parliamentary majority despite lingering public anger over the handling of April's Sewol ferry disaster. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's ruling party celebrated on Thursday after sailing through a key by-election test that increased its parliamentary majority despite lingering public anger over the handling of April's Sewol ferry disaster.

President Park Geun Hye's Saenuri Party won 11 of an unprecedented 15 by-elections contested on Wednesday, leaving it with 158 legislators in the 300-seat National Assembly.

The result will boost Park's push to restructure South Korea's export-dependent economy through economic stimulus and regulatory reform.

The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD), which had been hoping to see Saenuri lose its majority, won the remaining four contests, leaving it with 130 seats in the assembly.

 
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