The Democratic Party of South Korea suffered a catastrophic defeat in mayoral elections in two major cities, Seoul and Busan.
Opposition People Power Party (PPP) candidates won by a large margin in both cities.
The former mayor of the Moon Jae-in Democratic Party was accused of sexual misconduct during his tenure.
Incumbent resigned in Busan. The mayor of Seoul was found dead on suspicion of suicide.
Voting is seen as an important barometer of public opinion ahead of next year’s presidential election.
The popularity of President Moon Jae-in and his party has plummeted to record lows in recent months due to scandals of sexual abuse, rising house prices and growing inequality.
Tens of millions voted to elect the chiefs of the two cities, and 21 regional offices also fought.
The offices of both mayors became available when the incumbent was involved in a scandal of sexual abuse.
Park Won-soon, the mayor of Seoul, was considered a presidential candidate when he committed suicide in July.His death was only one day After his secretary complained to the police about his actions..
Busan Mayor Oh Keo-don resigned last year for sexually assaulting a female civil servant in the office.
According to the final vote released by the Election Commission, PPP’s Oh Se-hoon defeated Park Young-sun by 57.5% to 39% and became the mayor of Seoul. Yonhap News Agency Report..
In the mayor’s office, Busan headed for the opposition, 63% to 34% higher than Kim Young-chun.
The results suggest a resurgence of conservative opposition, which was hit hard by the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Park is sentenced to 20 years in prison for abuse of power and coercion..