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South Korea's opposition forges united front in Seoul mayoral race

Conservatives turn up the heat as support for Moon sinks to record lows

Former Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, left, will run on the conservative People Power Party ticket against the Democratic Party's Park Young-sun in the city's mayoral election April 7. (Park photo by Kyodo)

SEOUL -- South Korean opposition parties united behind former Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon on Tuesday for the April 7 mayoral election in the capital, turning the race into a two-way battle that could signal a rightward shift in the country's political landscape.

South Korea's conservatives have struggled electorally since progressive Moon Jae-in won the presidency in 2017, but they hope a victory in Seoul provides momentum toward regaining the Blue House in next year's election. Moon and the ruling Democratic Party are hemorrhaging support due to a land speculation scandal and other setbacks.

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