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As Ban bows out, acting president emerges as alternative for conservative bloc

All News 17:29 February 01, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Yonhap) -- Following former U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon's unexpected withdrawal from the presidential race Wednesday, conservative parties face the tough challenge of finding an alternative, with few remaining options including the acting president.

Ban, who stood as the most favored candidate in the conservative bloc, announced he will not run for the presidency, expressing disappointment with South Korea's antagonistic politics.

His exit left the conservative bloc with no potential candidates holding two-digit approval ratings in opinion polls.

According to the latest survey conducted by The Segye Times on Monday, Ban held an approval rating of 13.1 percent.

He was followed by Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn who received 8.3 percent. Hwang has yet to announce his presidential bid but did not rule out the possibility of running for the top office.

Hwang has been serving as the acting president since President Park Geun-hye was impeached by parliament on alleged corruption in December.

Ban's withdrawal is expected to benefit former ruling party floor leader Rep. Yoo Seong-min and Gyeonggi Gov. Nam Kyung-pil, both from the splinter Bareun Party, who languished at 2.8 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively, in the Segye Times poll.

Due to the lack of popular candidates, pundits expect Rep. Kim Moo-sung of the Bareun Party, who formerly headed the ruling Saenuri Party, may reverse his recent renouncement of his presidential bid.

Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn (Yonhap)


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