South Korea elections: President Park's party loses majority

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Baku, April 14, AZERTAC

The governing party in South Korea has lost the parliamentary majority it has held for 16 years, partial results from Wednesday's general election show, according to BBC.

With more than 85% of votes counted, the centre-right Saenuri party has won 122 out of 300 seats. The opposition Minjoo Party has taken 123 seats.

Saenuri previously had only a slim majority in the National Assembly.

Saenuri's leader, Kim Moo-sung, has offered his resignation, saying he took responsibility for the defeat.

Voters cast ballots at nearly 14,000 polling stations to elect 253 of the 300 lawmakers. The remaining 47 proportional representation seats are allocated to parties according to the numbers of votes they receive overall.

Turnout was 58%, up 3.8 percentage points from the 2012 election.

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