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S. Korea's former opposition leader to run for president

06-26-2012 14:01 BJT

SEOUL, June 26 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's former opposition leader announced his presidential bid Tuesday, joining the ranks of liberals looking to replace the country's conservative leader Lee Myung-bak.

Chung Se-kyun of the Democratic United Party, who headed the center-left party from 2008 to 2010, has become the fourth liberal heavyweight to declare candidacy for the December presidential election.

Chung, a five-term legislator who served as commerce minister in the previous administration, said in a statement he will become the "economy president" that people can trust.

His rivals include Moon Jae-in, a senior advisor to the party, and Sohn Hak-kyu, who led the party after Chung stepped down.

The presidential poll is slated for Dec. 19. Lee is constitutionally barred from seeking a second term.

Editor:Sun Luying |Source: Xinhua

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