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South Korea election

Third candidate holds key to tight South Korean presidential race

Ahn Cheol-soo vows to reach finish line, but open to alliance with conservatives

Former medical doctor and entrepreneur Ahn Cheol-soo holds the balance of power in a tight presidential election.   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- The two front-runners for next month's South Korean presidential election are neck-and-neck in opinion polls, giving a third center-right candidate the chance to be kingmaker.

Ahn Cheol-soo, a former medical doctor and entrepreneur who finished third behind President Moon Jae-in in the 2017 election, has vowed to stay in the race up until the March 9 poll. But he has kept the door open to forming an alliance with Yoon Suk-yeol of the conservative People Power Party.

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