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Here Are the Contenders to Be South Korea’s Next President

  • South Korea to choose new president March 9 to replace Moon
  • Lee Jae-myung and Yoon Suk-yeol are two main candidates
Yoon Suk-yeol, left, and Lee Jae-myung during a presidential debate on Feb. 25.
Yoon Suk-yeol, left, and Lee Jae-myung during a presidential debate on Feb. 25.Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

South Koreans elect a new president on March 9, with the two top contenders offering diverging views on how to guide Asia’s third-largest economy and calibrate relations with nuclear-armed neighbors China and North Korea.

The conservatives have tapped former top prosecutor and political newcomer Yoon Suk-yeol to try to win back the top office from the progressives, who have nominated Lee Jae-myung, a former governor of the country’s most populous province. The president serves for a single, five-year term and will replace current office holder Moon Jae-in, who is aiming to pass the baton to fellow Democratic Party member Lee.