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#MeToo claims potential South Korean presidential candidate

Gov. Ahn Hee-jung steps down after secretary reveals sexual assaults

South Korea's Ahn Hee-jung, right, lost a presidential primary election to Moon Jae-in last year.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- The #MeToo movement sweeping South Korea has brought down Ahn Hee-jung, the governor of South Chungcheong Province. Ahn resigned on Tuesday after admitting to sexual assault against his secretary, who made the charge during a television interview on Monday.

The powerful politician had been governor since 2010. He ran unsuccessfully in the presidential primary of the Democratic Party of Korea last year, losing to President Moon Jae-in.

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