Graft claim dogs Ban

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

SEOUL: It has been an in­aus­pi­cious re­turn to cri­sis-plagued South Korea for for­mer UN chief Ban Ki-moon, once the odds-on favourite to be the next pres­i­dent, who has been en­snared in a fam­ily cor­rup­tion scan­dal and strug­gled with a scep­ti­cal press.

Ban, 72, has been un­able to cap­i­talise on his much-an­tic­i­pated home­com­ing after a decade as sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the UN.

Since his re­turn, he has cut a some­times-ir­ri­ta­ble fig­ure in pub­lic and been pil­lo­ried for per­ceived PR gaffes – and, say­ing noth­ing about run­ning for pres­i­dent. – Reuters

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