South Korean Elections South Korea today elected a new president. He is Kim Dae-Jung, a longtime opposition figure who has sought the job three times before and spent several years in jail or under house arrest during the last four decades. The victory marks the first time an outsider has won a presidential election in South Korea since the country was born. His biggest task: bringing Korea back from the economic abyss. NPR's Julie McCarthy talks with Linda about the election itself and the issues facing South Korea's new leader.