Software Tycoon Turns Political Kingmaker in Korea Stalemate

  • Parliamentary vote leaves Ahn a potential presidential hopeful
  • Success of Ahn's People's Party upends two-party dominance

Ahn Cheol-Soo.

Photographer: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

For years, Ahn Cheol Soo would rise at 3 a.m., warming himself with a blanket and a cup of coffee, to code a computer anti-virus program that he would later distribute free to millions of South Koreans, making him a household name.

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