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Editorial: South Korea must avoid the dangers of populism

Amid political chaos, the temptation to pander to public opinion will be strong

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De facto Samsung group chief Lee Jae-yong arrives at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul on Feb. 22.   © Reuters

Four years have passed since South Korean President Park Geun-hye was inaugurated, but a term that started out on a hopeful note looks set to end in disgrace. The country's first female president has been suspended from office since late last year when the National Assembly passed an impeachment motion against her over a sweeping bribery scandal. With the country in turmoil and solid political leadership lacking, where is South Korea headed now?


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