Asian CrosstalkONE STORY told FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES
APRIL 26 2017
Who will become South Korea’s next leader?
The Korea Times
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.
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.
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.