May 9, 2017 / 11:18 AM / a year ago

South Korean TV exit polls show liberal Moon expected to win presidency

SEOUL (Reuters) - Exit polls in South Korea’s presidential election showed Moon Jae-in, a liberal human rights lawyer and advocate of a moderate policy on rival North Korea, was expected to win the vote held on Tuesday.

South Korea's Presidential candidate Moon Jae-in from Democratic Party speaks during a plenary session of the special committee for constitution revision at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Lee Jin-man/Pool

Moon, 64, was likely to take 41.4 percent of the votes, easily beating the conservative challenger, former prosecutor Hong Joon-pyo, with 23.3 percent of the votes, according to the exit polls conducted jointly by the country’s three network television stations.

Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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