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36-year-old maverick shakes up South Korean opposition

Political novice Lee Jun-seok outpaces old guard in race to lead People Power Party

SEOUL -- As South Korean President Moon Jae-in finds himself facing a backlash from the country's disillusioned youth, a 36-year-old political novice has taken a step closer to leading the party that will challenge Moon's Democrats in next year's presidential election.

"We will transform into a youthful People Power Party that the younger generation will recognize as bearing no resemblance to the party they once knew," Lee Jun-seok, the rising star of the main opposition party, said Wednesday during a speech sponsored by the PPP in the city of Busan.

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