Ban leads in polls for South Korean presidency

Ban leads in polls for South Korean presidencyUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was slightly ahead of former opposition leader Moon Jae-in in an opinion poll last week after hinting he would run in next year's presidential election in South Korea, Yonhap news agency said on Monday.

In a survey by Real Meter, Ban garnered an approval rating of 23.3 percent, up 2.8 percentage points on week. He was virtually neck-and-neck with Moon who earned 23.1 percent, down 0.6 percentage point.

Ban's gain came after he told reporters last week that he would devote himself to the advancement of the nation with his extensive experience at the United Nations. His term ends on December 31.

Moon, the former head of the main opposition Democratic Party, saw his approval decline in apparent backlash for his remark that there would be a "revolution" if the Constitutional Court turns down the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.

Park was impeached by parliament on December 9. If the court confirms her removal, the presidential election has to be held within two months.
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