Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion to be held on May 9

New Straits Times - - World -

SEOUL: South Korea will hold a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion on May 9 to re­place im­peached leader Park Geun-hye, who was dis­missed last Fri­day over a cor­rup­tion scan­dal, the Yon­hap news agency re­ported yes­ter­day.

Prime Min­is­ter Hwa n g Kyo-ahn, who has also been act­ing p r e s ident since De­cem­ber, said ear­lier he would not run for pres­i­dent in the elec­tion.

Hwang be­came act­ing pres­i­dent when the Par­lia­ment im­peached Park in De­cem­ber.

The Con­sti­tu­tional Court up­held Park’s im­peach­ment last Fri­day and dis­missed her from of­fice.

Hwang had emerged in opin­ion polls as a top con­ser­va­tive can­di­date even though he never de­clared an in­ten­tion to run. Reuters

Hwang Kyo-ahn

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