Why some say South Korea's new President Yoon Suk-yeol is 'like Trump'

Yoon Suk-yeol.
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South Koreans on Wednesday elected former top prosecutor and conservative People Power Party candidate Yoon Suk-yeol to be their nation's next leader, in what was "the most contested presidential election in the country's democratic history," The Washington Post reports.

Yoon — a political newcomer who helped convict presidents before becoming one — edged to victory by less than a 1 percent margin, "ushering in an era of conservative party rule that would significantly shift the country's policies in the face of North Korea's nuclear ambitions and China's rise," the Post writes.

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