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Ahn Cheol-soo wins presidential nomination for People's Party

All Headlines 19:17 April 04, 2017

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- Former software mogul and "new politics" crusader Ahn Cheol-soo clinched the nomination of the centrist People's Party on Tuesday, setting the stage for an intense battle to stop front-runner Moon Jae-in in the upcoming presidential election.

Ahn, a co-founder and former leader of the party, won 85.37 of the vote in the final round of the party's in-house contest in Daejeon, 164 kilometers south of Seoul.

The primary also covered the nearby city of Sejong and the surrounding Chungcheong provinces.

Ahn's victory was widely expected after he swept all six previous rounds to come out on top with 71.95 percent of the ballots. He was trailed by former opposition leader Sohn Hak-kyu and Deputy National Assembly Speaker Park Joo-sun.

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