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South Korea's presidential favorite seeks crushing win in party poll

Former prime minister and Japan hand Lee Nak-yon faces a tough political battle

South Korea's former Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon is known to be knowledgable on Japan.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- A "20-month political battle" is now underway in South Korea as Lee Nak-yon, the front-runner in the race to succeed President Moon Jae-in, faces his first challenge in the ruling Democratic Party's Aug. 29 leadership election.

The progressive party's upcoming leadership election will likely be a two-way race between former Prime Minister Lee, who is known as a top Japan expert in South Korea's political world, and former Interior and Safety Minister Kim Boo-kyum. 

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