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South Korea election

Yoon teams up with Ahn to grab pole in Korean presidential race

With less than a week to go, partnership deals blow to ruling party's Lee

 South Korean presidential candidates Yoon Suk-yeol of the main opposition People Power Party, left, and Ahn Cheol-soo of the opposition People's Party, are teaming up ahead of next Wednesday's election.    © Yonhap/Kyodo

SEOUL -- Two opposition candidates for South Korea's presidency have combined forces in a move that raises the odds that conservative front-runner Yoon Suk-yeol will win next Wednesday's election.

At a morning news conference on Thursday, third-placed candidate Ahn Cheol-soo of the centrist People's Party announced he would back Yoon of the main opposition People Power Party. Their alliance is seen as a blow to Lee Jae-myung of the ruling Democratic Party, who had been closely trailing Yoon in opinion polls.

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