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South Korean elections test support for Moon's peace push

President's party leads in key races ahead of June 13 vote

Choo Mi-ae, head of the Democratic Party of Korea, high-fives supporters at a rally in Seoul. The ruling party aims to break into conservative strongholds like Busan.   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- Campaigning for South Korea's local elections officially kicked off on Thursday, with the ruling Democratic Party of Korea aiming to translate President Moon Jae-in's popularity into victories in major races across the country.

Voters will cast their ballots on June 13 for 4,016 officials nationwide, including eight mayors of such big cities as Seoul and nine provincial governors.

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