S. Korea presidential hopefuls merge against Park
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.