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APRIL 26 2017

Who will become South Korea’s next leader?

The Korea Times

South Korea

The reality however, as of now, is that both Moon and Ahn are considered to have benefitted from their potential rivals' demise. For Moon, the mind-shattering incapability of former President Park Geun-hye and for Ahn, the failure of the young and dynamic South Chungcheong Province Governor An Hee-jung to garner the DPK's candidacy.

SCMP

Hong Kong

The winner is likely to be one of two liberal candidates, the political left having gained overwhelming support as a result of the corruption and influence-peddling scandal.

Nikkei

Japan

With conservative parties losing support after the corruption scandal involving former President Park and her friend Choi Soon-sil, the campaign is looking different from previous contests. Centrist Ahn is winning over conservative voters and quickly closing in on Moon, the only front-runner who, until recently, enjoyed strong liberal support.

New York Times

The US

Now, with less than a month to go before the election and as tensions flare on the Korean Peninsula, Mr. Ahn, 55, has suddenly become a leading contender to be the next president, offering hope to conservatives and others alarmed by the North’s nuclear and missile threats.

The Telegraph

UK

The election result is set to bring a strategic shift in regional politics which may reduce tensions with North Korea, but worsen them with the United States.

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