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South Korea's Moon finds it hard to lead a quiet retirement life

Political opponents won't ease up, fearing ex-president's continued influence

Former South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife relax in the woods near their home in the village of Yangsan in South Gyeongsang Province. (Photo from Moon's Instagram page)

SEOUL -- Former South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who left office in May, has settled in a farming village near the southern city of Busan, saying he wanted to "live a mundane and low-profile life."

But his arrival has turned the tranquil community into a symbol of the country's bitter political divisions. The rural calm is constantly broken by noisy protests by his opponents. The ruling party, which returned to power after the presidential election in March, meanwhile is intensifying efforts to find any possible misconduct by the Moon administration.

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