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South Korean ex-PM's bid for party post offers path to presidency

Lee Nak-yon, seen as possible successor to Moon, runs for chairman of Democrats

Former Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon leads opinion polls of likely successors to President Moon Jae-in. (Photo by Yosuke Onchi)

SEOUL -- Lee Nak-yon, the former South Korean prime minister, declared his bid Tuesday for chairman of the ruling Democratic Party, a post that would make him the front-runner to succeed President Moon Jae-in.

The Democratic Party holds its next leadership election Aug. 29. Lee told reporters Tuesday that he will support the presidential Blue House in its response to the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout.

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