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Moon Jae-in, the Democratic Party of Korea's presidential candidate, gives a speech in Seoul on April 3.   © Kyodo

South Korean presidential front-runner sets bold liberal agenda

Moon Jae-in handily wins nomination of leading opposition party

SOTARO SUZUKI and HIROSHI MINEGISHI, Nikkei staff writers | South Korea

SEOUL -- South Korea's leading opposition Democratic Party of Korea on Monday chose Moon Jae-in as its presidential nominee, making him the likely winner of the May 9 election.

Moon, a former party leader, won 60% of the votes cast in the party's final primary on Monday. Seongnam Mayor Lee Jae-myung and South Chungcheong Gov. Ahn Hee-jung came in at 22% and 17%, respectively. Moon received 57% of all votes cast at the Democratic Party's entire primary process, winning the nomination in a landslide.

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