Yoon Suk-yeol, South Korea’s prosecutor who became president, wants a world that follows the rules

SEOUL — Behind the desk of Yoon Suk-yeol, South Korea’s 61-year-old newly elected president, is a pair of red boxing gloves displayed prominently on a shelf. They belonged to one of the country’s most famous professional fighters, who became world champion in 1977 – despite being knocked down four times in the title fight. Decades later, the boxer gave the gloves to Mr. Yoon at a campaign meeting.

“He got up again and he was able to win,” said Mr. Yoon in an interview. “It has a symbolism about it: You do not give up. You keep fighting to the last.”

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