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South Korea election

South Korean presidential campaign mired in mudslinging

Policy debate upstaged by petty bickering as country lurches toward 2022 vote

South Korean presidential hopefuls are gearing up for the March 2022 election. From left: Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung, former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon. (Source photos by Kyodo/Yonhap and Reuters) 

SEOUL -- As South Korean political parties gear up for the presidential election slated for March 2022, key candidates have been preoccupied with attacking each other in bitter smear campaigns.

Bearing the brunt of these negative political campaigns are two leading candidates: Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung, who is seeking nomination for the ruling Democratic Party, and former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, who hopes to be the candidate of the conservative People Power Party.

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