South Korean presidential election, 1997

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Republic of Korea
presidential election, 1997
South Korea
1992 ←
19 December 1997 → 2002

  Kim Dae-jung (Cropped).png Lee Hoi-chang (2010).jpg NPP
Nominee Kim Dae-jung Lee Hoi-chang Lee In-je
Party National Congress Grand National New People
Popular vote 10,326,275 9,935,718 4,925,591
Percentage 40.3% 38.7% 19.2%

South Korean presidential election 1997.svg

provinces and cities majority won by

– Kim Dae-jung – Lee Hoi-chang


President before election

Kim Young-sam
Grand National

Elected President

Kim Dae-jung
National Congress

The 15th South Korean Presidential Election took place on 19 December 1997. The opposition presidential candidate Kim Dae-jung won the presidential election, ending almost 36 years of conservative rule. Kim became the first opposition candidate to win the presidency. When he took office in 1998, it also marked the first time in Korean history that an incumbent government peacefully surrendered power to the opposition.

Results[edit]

Candidate Party Votes % of votes
Kim Dae-jung National Congress for New Politics (새정치국민회의) 10,326,275 40.3%
Lee Hoi-chang Grand National Party (한나라당) 9,935,718 38.7%
Lee In-je New People Party (국민신당) 4,925,591 19.2%
Kwon Young-ghil People's Victory for 21st century (건설국민승리21) 306,026 1.2%
Huh Kyung-young Democratic Republican Party (공화당) 32,918 0.2%
Shin Jeong Yil Unified Korea Party (한주의통일한국당) 11,901 0.2%
Kim Han-sik Honest Politics Unite 5,714 0.2%
Invalid ballots 400,195 0.6%
(Total electorate: 32,290,416 - Turnout rate: 80.7%) Total 26,042,633 100%
regions · provinces · cities Kim Dae-jung (Cropped).png Lee Hoi-chang (2010).jpg NPP
Kim Dae-jung
NCNP
Lee Hoi-chang
GNP
Rhee In-je
NPP
Sudogwon Seoul 44.9% 40.9% 12.8%
Incheon 38.5% 36.4% 23.0%
Gyeonggi 39.3% 35.5% 23.6%
Gangwon 23.8% 43.2% 30.9%
Chungcheong Daejeon 45.0% 29.2% 24.1%
Chungcheongbuk 37.4% 30.8% 29.4%
Chungcheongnam 48.3% 23.5% 26.1%
Honam
Jeolla
Gwangju 97.3% 1.3% 0.7%
Jeollabuk 92.3% 4.5% 2.1%
Jeollanam 94.6% 3.2% 1.4%
Yeongnam
Gyeongsang
Busan 15.3% 53.3% 29.8%
Ulsan 15.4% 51.4% 26.7%
Daegu 12.5% 72.7% 13.1%
Gyeongsangbuk 13.7% 61.9% 21.8%
Gyeongsangnam 11.0% 55.1% 31.3%
Jeju 40.6% 36.6% 20.5%