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Moon Jae-in to be sworn in as South Korea's President

10 May 2017 | By Mansi Motwani

South Korea's newly elected President, Moon Jae-in is ready to be sworn in after a decisive election victory.

Recognized for his liberal thinking, the 64-year-old human rights lawyer vowed to unite the country again.

Straying from the current policy, Mr. Moon wants to increase contact with North Korea.

He will be sworn in today (Wednesday) at 03:00 GMT (midday) at the National Assembly building.

In context: Of Presidential elections in South Korea

10 Mar 2017South Korean court impeaches President Park Guen-hye

In March, South Korean judges decided to impeach President Park Guen-hye from her office.

She was found guilty for being involved in a corruption scandal with her close friend Choi Soon-sil.

She also lost her presidential immunity and can be prosecuted; however Park and Choi denied any wrongdoing.

South Korea had to now elect a new president by early May.

10 May 2017Moon Jae-in to be sworn in as South Korea's President

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DetailsMoon wants to improve ties with North Korea

13 candidates were running for presidency.

Unlike former President Park cut nearly all ties with North Korea, Moon wants to increase engagement.

Moon has called for a dual policy of dialogue while maintaining pressure on North Korea to encourage change.

Moon plans to reform the South Korea's powerful family-run conglomerates and boost fiscal spending in a bid to create jobs.

On North KoreaNew South Korean president will face North Korea/China

Moon now faces the task of dealing with heightened tensions with North Korea which has been reeling ahead with its nuclear and missile programs.

The new president will also have to diffuse tensions with China which is angry about the South's decision to deploy America's THAAD anti-missile defense system.

North Korea keen on seeing Moon win

The North Korean state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper wrote that conservative leadership in Seoul should be "buried in the grave of history." "Cleanly eradicating the puppet conservative group that has committed intolerable crimes is the shortcut to new politics, new life and a new world."