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Moon takes heat for suspending South Korea's top prosecutor

Yoon Seok-youl emerges as leading candidate to be next president

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl greet each other during a meeting at the president's office in Seoul in December last year.    © Yonhap/Kyodo

SEOUL -- The KakaoTalk chat app profile of South Korea's Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl reads: "Be calm and strong."

That is useful advice, considering the turmoil surrounding the man in pole position to become the country's next president, and the growing rift between the government and the country's prosecutors' office as President Moon Jae-in seeks to rein in its wide-ranging powers.

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