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Four-term lawmaker chosen as presidential nominee of Justice Party

Politics 17:13 October 12, 2021

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Yonhap) -- The minor progressive Justice Party on Tuesday chose four-term lawmaker Sim Sang-jeung as its candidate for the March presidential election.

Sim won a runoff against former party leader Lee Jeong-mi, with 51.12 percent of the vote, the party said.

The 62-year-old is a household name within the progressive camp and has made three previous bids for president.

In the last presidential election in 2017, Sim earned 6.17 percent of the vote, the most for a progressive candidate.

A former labor activist, the nominee is known for her lifelong advocacy for workers' rights and harsh criticism of family-owned conglomerates.

Sim has represented a district in Goyang, just north of Seoul, for three consecutive terms, and served as party leader multiple times.

The Justice Party currently holds six seats in the 300-member National Assembly.

The presidential race has been shaping up to be a two-way race between the leading contenders of the ruling Democratic Party and the main opposition People Power Party.

This file photo shows Rep. Sim Sang-jeung of the Justice Party. (Yonhap)

hague@yna.co.kr
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