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South Korea's far-left presidential candidate Lee Jung Hee quits

Published on Dec 16, 2012 4:34 PM
 
File photo, South Korea's presidential candidates (left to right), Ms Park Geun-Hye of the ruling Saenuri Party, Ms Lee Jung-Hee of the opposition Unified Progressive Party and Mr Moon Jae-In of the main opposition Democratic United Party pose before a televised debate in Seoul on Dec 10, 2012. Ms Lee Jung Hee from the United Progressive Party bowed out three days before the Dec 19 poll in what she called a move to prevent the ruling conservative party candidate from winning. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - The presidential candidate from South Korea's far-left party quit on Sunday in an attempt to unify left-leaning voters against the conservative front-runner in an increasingly tight race.

Ms Lee Jung Hee from the United Progressive Party bowed out three days before the Dec 19 poll in what she called a move to prevent the ruling conservative party candidate from winning.

"I quit today to help liberal, progressive political parties join forces together and fulfil the goal of administrative change," Mr Lee told reporters.

Ms Lee - supported by only about one per cent of voters according to opinion polls - was a distant third in the race behind Ms Park Geun Hye from the New Frontier Party (NFP) and Mr Moon Jae In from the left-leaning main opposition Democratic United Party.

 
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