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South Korea presidential race tightens as Moon rival joins opposition

Former prosecutor general Yoon builds on conservative party's momentum

Former head prosecutor Yoon Seok-youl recently joined South Korea's largest opposition party to run in its presidential primary this fall.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea's upcoming presidential election has turned into a tightly contested head-to-head race with an ex-prosecutor who initially sought an independent run joining the leading opposition party.

Former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl officially joined the conservative People Power Party this past Friday. He has led opinion polls as the best suited to replace progressive President Moon Jae-in, whose single five-year term ends in 2022.

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