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Campaigning ends before South Korea's presidential election

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By Euronews
Campaigning ends before South Korea's presidential election

<p>The South Korean presidential campaign is coming to an end ahead of Tuesday’s highly anticipated election to choose a new leader after months of political turmoil that saw Park Geun-Hye ousted amid a corruption scandal.</p> <p>The strong favourite is the opposition leader <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYhsrxmBD8E">Moon Jae-in</a>. The 64-year-old liberal has vowed to reopen the difficult so-called “Sunshine Policy” of engagement with North Korea. </p> <p>While he is given around 40 percent support in the polls, his main rival has only half that level of backing. The centrist <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veuq_KFACrk">Ahn Cheol-soo</a> is a former business chief in the technology sector.</p> <p>He has offered to subsidise young employees of small firms, who are paid far less than their counterparts in large companies.</p> <p>In third position in the polls is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEFu9UqDMEo">Hong Jun-pyo</a>, an outspoken former prosecutor and conservative who is advocating a hard line towards Pyongyang.</p> <p>The 62-year-old has been nicknamed the “Korean Trump” for his unchecked rhetoric and sexist remarks.</p> <p>After claiming that “washing-up is women’s work” and writing about having helped a friend try to rape a woman, he was hounded into apologising by an opponent in a TV debate.</p> <p>After a period of political upheaval and amid heightened tension with North Korea, it is thought turnout in the election could be the highest for decades.</p>