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S. Korea presidential hopefuls merge against Park

Published on Nov 6, 2012 8:46 PM
 
South Korea's presidential candidates, (from left to right), the ruling Saenuri Party's Park Geun-hye, main opposition Democratic United Party's Moon Jae-in, and Seoul National University professor and popular software entrepreneur Ahn Cheol-soo are seen in this Yonhap picture released in Seoul on Sept 19, 2012. South Korea's two left-leaning presidential hopefuls agreed on Tuesday on a potentially game-changing merger to field a single candidate against conservative front-runner Park Geun Hye. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's two left-leaning presidential hopefuls agreed on Tuesday on a potentially game-changing merger to field a single candidate against conservative front-runner Park Geun Hye.

Mr Moon Jae In from the main opposition Democratic United Party and Mr Ahn Cheol Soo, a software mogul running as an independent, agreed on the merger at closed door-talks in Seoul, officials from their respective campaigns said.

However, there was no immediate decision on which one would drop out of the race in favour of the other, the officials told reporters, adding that a final announcement would be made in the coming weeks.

Both men had come under growing pressure before the Dec 19 ballot to merge and avoid splitting the liberal vote, which would effectively hand the presidency to Ms Park who has a lock on the sizeable conservative bloc.

 
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