Latin America Elects First Korean Mayor

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Peru has elected its first ever Korean mayor, reports the Korea Times. Hung-won Jung declared victory in local elections last week in the city of Chan-chamayo, some 300 miles east of Peru’s capital, Lima.

The South Korean native, known locally as Mario Jung, has spent the past three decades living in the South American nation, although he still maintains his Korean citizenship. Peruvian law allows anyone with more than two years of legal residency in a specific area to run for local public office.

Jung, who defeated the incumbent mayor by winning over 34 percent of the more than 96,000 ballots cast, is affectionately referred to as the “godfather of the poor,” the article notes. Korea Times adds that he has spent much of his time assisting those struggling to make ends meet.

A key component of his campaign included construction of health care centers for children from low-income families, an outgrowth of his own experience of having lost a child to disease.

“With my business expertise I will work to enhance regional development,” Jung announced during his inaugural speech earlier in the week.