May 28, 2023

Former North Korean diplomat clinches historic win in South Korean election

Thae Yong Ho is the first former DPRK official to win a parliamentary seat in the South

Thae Yong Ho, a former North Korean diplomat and defector allied with South Korea's conservative United Future Party (UFP), secured a seat in the Gangnam-A constituency parliamentary race on Wednesday, Thursday's results showed.

Thae, who won 60,324 votes amounting to 58.4% of the total count, becomes the first high-level North Korean escapee elected to South Korean parliamentary office representing a district and not by proportional representation.