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South Korea election

South Korea's COVID-19 response masks economic woes at election

President Moon's party says handling of outbreak has 'inspired the world'

SEOUL -- "We will only see the people smile on the day they can remove their masks," Hwang Kyo-ahn, the leader of South Korea's main opposition United Future Party, wrote in a recent statement intended to rally voters ahead of next week's general election.

Hwang said people were under great psychological and economic strain from the new coronavirus outbreak, and blamed the administration of President Moon Jae-in for failing to protect the public.

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