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Yoon Seok-youl takes lead in running for South Korean presidency

Conservatives pin hopes on former top prosecutor to win election next March

South Korea's former prosecutor general, Yoon Seok-yeol in 2020, has emerged as the most likely conservative to win next year's presidential election. (Nikkei montage/Yonhap/Kyodo/AP)

SEOUL -- Exactly one year before South Korea's presidential election, the country's former top prosecutor has emerged as the most likely conservative candidate to become the country's next leader.

Yoon Seok-youl, who resigned as prosecutor general last week, was picked by 32.4% of respondents to a poll published by the Korea Society Opinion Institute on Monday. For the first time, he surpassed left-leaning Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung, who scored 24.1%. Lee had been well ahead of the pack in previous polls.

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