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(LEAD) Main opposition's presidential candidates shortlisted to 4, ex-Jeju Gov. Won makes cut

All News 10:36 October 08, 2021

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By Chang Dong-woo

SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition People Power Party (PPP)'s presidential primary shortlisted four candidates Friday, with former Jeju Province Gov. Won Hee-ryong making the cut in the primary's second elimination round.

Former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, Rep. Hong Joon-pyo, former opposition lawmaker Yoo Seong-min and Won were announced as the four remaining contenders in the main opposition's presidential primary.

Friday's result was based on a survey that combined a national poll and a separate one on registered PPP members. The standings of the remaining contenders were not disclosed.

This composite file photo (from L to R) shows Former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, Rep. Hong Joon-pyo, former opposition lawmaker Yoo Seong-min and former Jeju Province Gov. Won Hee-ryong, who were announced as the four remaining contenders in the main opposition's presidential primary on Oct. 8, 2021. (Yonhap)

Of the pool of eight contenders, Choe Jae-hyeong, former chief of the Board of Audit and Inspection, Rep. Ha Tae-keung, former Incheon Mayor Ahn Sang-soo and former Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn failed to make it to the top four.

Yoon and Hong, competing for the lead in the PPP primary, were expected to comfortably make it to the next round, while Yoo, who made headlines lately for his confrontations with the former top prosecutor in television debates, was also largely predicted to make the cut Friday.

The latest round was watched closely to see who would make it to the supposed fourth spot, for which Won and Choe have aggressively competed.

The ruling Democratic Party, meanwhile, is in the near final stretch of its presidential primary, in which Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung is the dominating lead. The race is scheduled to wind up with a primary in Seoul on Sunday.

The presidential election is scheduled for March 9, 2022.

Presidential hopefuls of the main opposition People Power Party pose for a photo before a televised debate, hosted by cable channel MBN, in Seoul on Oct. 1, 2021. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

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