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Moon to leave office with progressive fans and thin track record

South Korean leader sparks controversy by reining in prosecutors before exit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has an unusually high 45% approval rating in the last days of his term.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in will leave office on Monday, concluding a five-year tenure that was spent largely on keeping his progressive base happy but brought few domestic or diplomatic policy successes. 

Signing legislation sharply curtailing the broad investigatory powers of prosecutors on Tuesday, Moon touted the move as "a historic mission of my administration and the public's wish."

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