- Title: South Korea to hold presidential election on May 9
- Date: 15th March 2017
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (MARCH 15, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** SOUTH KOREAN MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, HONG YUN-SIK, WALKING TOWARD PODIUM AND STANDING JOURNALISTS SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, HONG YUN-SIK, SAYING: "The government has decided to execute the presidential election on May 9th, 2017." JOURNALISTS TYPING (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, HONG YUN-SIK, SAYING: "(This election) Is an unparalleled election in history where the next president is elected in a short period. The government will try its best to manage a fair election and gather all its ability to make it the cleanest and the most transparent election ever." HONG STEPPING DOWN FROM PODIUM AND BOWING
- Embargoed: 29th March 2017 07:36
- Keywords: south korea corruption scandal presidential election park geun-hye acting president hwang kyo-ahn
- Location: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001682L2YT
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- Story Text: South Korea's government said on Wednesday (March 15) the country will hold a presidential election on May 9 to replace impeached leader Park Geun-hye, who was dismissed last Friday (March 10) over a corruption scandal.
Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who has also been acting president since December, said earlier he would not run for president in the election.
Hwang became acting president when parliament impeached Park in December. The Constitutional Court upheld Park's impeachment last Friday (March 10) 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.
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