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Koreans in U.S. to Influence South Korean Politics

Korea Times, Posted: Feb 02, 2009

LOS ANGELES Members of the Korean community in the United States, including those holding green cards, may play the role of a swing voter bloc that could change the course of South Korea's presidential and congressional elections, reports the Korea Times. A South Korean National Assembly committee recently approved a bill to give voting rights to 2.4 million Korean nationals living abroad. If the Assembly passes the bill at a full vote, all Korean citizens over the age of 19 who live abroad will be able to take part in presidential and congressional elections starting in 2012. According to the newspaper, the conservative party would benefit most from the new law. The Korean community in the United States is the largest outside of Korea. During the last presidential election in 2007, the vast majority of Koreans in the United States, as well as Korean Americans, favored President Lee Myung-bak, the conservative Grand National Party candidate.


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