S.Korean liberals set to end 9-year conservative rule

By REUTERS
March 12, 2017 08:05
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SEOUL) - The liberal politician expected to succeed disgraced Park Geun-hye as South Korea's next president could make significant policy changes on North Korea, on a US missile-defense system that has enraged China and on powerful big business.

A Constitutional Court on Friday dismissed Park from office after upholding her impeachment over a corruption scandal involving "chaebol" - the family-run conglomerates that dominate Asia's fourth-biggest economy.

A presidential election will be held by May 9 and opinion polls suggest South Koreans will opt for change by electing a liberal into the presidential Blue House, ending nine years of conservative rule.

The front-runner is Moon Jae-in, a human rights lawyer who was a top aide to former President Roh Moo-hyun, an advocate of a "sunshine policy" of engagement with North Korea.


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