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Crushing election blows send South Korea's Moon Jae-in into lame-duck presidency

The lack of transparency, fairness and justice has driven voters away from Mr Moon Jae-in and into the arms of the opposition at the recent by-elections. PHOTO: REUTERS
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SEOUL - When South Korean politics was rocked by scandals and double standards in 2019, people shook their heads and muttered "naero nambul", a proverb that roughly translates to "it is romance when I love, but an extramarital affair when others do it".

Two years on, "naero nambul" has returned to haunt the administration of President Moon Jae-in.

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