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Park's arrest boosts Moon, top liberal presidential hopeful

Conservatives struggle to catch up in South Korean special election

HIROSHI MINEGISHI, Nikkei staff writer | South Korea

SEOUL -- Moon Jae-in, the liberal frontrunner in South Korea's presidential race set for May 9, is gaining momentum in light of impeached President Park Geun-hye's arrest, as public opinion hardens over the last nine years under two conservative presidents.

This is not the time for forgiveness, South Gyeongsang Province Gov. Hong Joon-pyo, the chosen candidate for Park's own Liberty Korea Party, said Friday. Nobody in the party supports Park anymore, he stressed. The rise of an opposing faction even within her conservative base is another defeat for the disgraced president and her supporters.

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