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Seoul mayor death deals blow to South Korea's embattled ruling party

Park is third Democratic Party member to be hit by sex scandal in two years

Police officers carry the body of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, which was found during a search operation in Seoul on Friday.    © Reuters

SEOUL -- With the death of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, the top post of the capital city and Busan is now vacant. And ensuing by-elections could spell trouble for the ruling Democratic Party already ensnared in sex scandals.

Park was found dead on a hill in northern Seoul early Friday morning. His death came two days after his former secretary filed a sexual harassment complaint against him with the police. The police on Friday confirmed the filing but refused to elaborate.

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