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South Korea's top prosecutor quits for possible presidential run

Conservative opposition banking on Yoon Seok-youl challenging liberal opponents

Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-yeol, center, tells reporters he will resign at the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office in Seoul on Thursday.   © Yonhap/Kyodo

SEOUL -- The prosecutor who spearheaded the investigation of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye resigned as prosecutor general on Thursday, opening the way for a possible presidential run next year.

Yoon Seok-youl, who strongly opposes prosecutorial reforms being pursued by the administration of President Moon Jae-in, left with a pointed attack on the government and the ruling party.

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