Early South Korean Election results Show Park Geun Hye Loses Majority in National Assembly
David Lee, April 13, 2016, 8:13 a.m.
The ruling party in South Korea has lost its majority in parliament after elections aimed at boosting its position, exit polls suggest. Exit polls forecast the Saenuri party to retain a slight lead over opponents but not enough to secure a majority in the 300-member National Assembly.
Saenuri previously had only a slim majority in the assembly. It meant that President Park Geun-hye's time in office had been hampered by legislative gridlock. She was hoping a stronger showing of support in the National Assembly would help her to push through labour and economic reforms before her term in office expires in about 20 months' time.
Ms Park has been criticised over her handling of the economy, which has seen rising unemployment - particularly among the young - falling exports and high levels of household debt.