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South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol faces growing concern at the state of the economy. In the background, the banners at an April protest in Seoul read "Secure better jobs and the right to work without discrimination."   © Nikkei montage/Source photos by Reuters
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Yoon Suk-yeol: Self-styled crusader for justice vows South Korea shake-up

Prosecutor-turned-president's pious upbringing instilled sense of good versus evil

STEVEN BOROWIEC, Contributing writer | South Korea

GWANGJU, South Korea -- Many South Koreans have low expectations for their incoming president, Yoon Suk-yeol, but will hope he can find ways to deal with economic woes and unify an increasingly divided country. Some in the southwestern city of Gwangju are waiting to see if he can follow up on campaign talk and help the city get something it lacks.

In a feisty speech at a gritty open-air market in February, Yoon said the lack of a major shopping mall in Gwangju, a city of 1.43 million, symbolized the overreach and incompetence of the left-leaning administration of President Moon Jae-in.

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