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South Korea’s opposition party sweeps to victory in key mayoral races

South Korea’s opposition party sweeps to victory in key mayoral races

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SEOUL, April 7 (UPI) -- South Korea's ruling Democratic Party was severely beaten at the polls as its mayoral candidates in the two largest cities, Seoul and Busan, lost by-elections widely seen as a bellwether for next year's presidential race. The Democratic Party's candidate in the capital city of Seoul, Park Young-sun, was defeated by her People Power Party opponent Oh Se-hoon on Wednesday by a margin of 57.5% to 39%, according to final results released by the National Election Commission. Advertisement Oh was mayor of Seoul from 2006 until 2011, when he resigned over a failed effort to restrict the city's free school lunch program. In Busan, a city of 3.5 million people, the PPP candidate Park Heong-joon beat the Democratic Party's Kim Young-choon 63% to 34%. For voters, the mayoral...
South Korea software millionaire leads in Seoul mayoral poll

South Korea software millionaire leads in Seoul mayoral poll

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Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A South Korean software entrepreneur who previously ran for president is leading in a poll on the Seoul mayoral race ahead of a by-election in April. More South Korean respondents to a local survey picked Ahn Cheol-soo, 58, a mayoral candidate with the minor opposition People's Party, over rivals who include a minister and a former conservative lawmaker, Hankyoreh reported Thursday. Advertisement The poll, conducted by pollster Jowon C&I, showed Ahn winning a two-way race with 42.1% support, beating out current Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Park Young-sun, who has a rating of 36.8%, according to the report. Ahn, a doctor who made headlines after treating COVID-19 patients in the spring, disclosed his decision to run for office Dec. 20. The center-right can...