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South Korea election

Testing times: South Korean aspiring politicians sit written exam

Brainchild of young party leader, tests come ahead of key local elections

Lee Jun-seok, the 37-year-old leader of the People Power Party, has been the driving force behind a written exam to help decide the party's candidates for an upcoming vote.

SEOUL -- The path to political glory has long been dotted with pitfalls and obstacles. Now candidates hoping to represent South Korea's soon-to-be ruling party in upcoming local elections must overcome a fresh hurdle: written examinations.

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