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    Front-runner in the South Korean presidential elections Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party of Korea now enjoys a 41 percent approval rating from potential voters as the gap between himself and his main rival, Ahn Cheol-soo of the center-left People's Party, widens.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — Moon's support increased by one percent point from last week up, while Ahn lost 7 percent, dropping down to a 30 percent approval rating, a fresh poll published on Friday by the Yonhap news agency in Korea showed.

    The poll was conducted among the 1,004 respondents across the country from Tuesday through Thursday with a margin of error of 3.1 points, the news agency reported.

    The South Korean snap presidential election are scheduled for May 9 following the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye in March over the corruption scandal that broke out in October 2016, involving Park's associate Choi Soon-sil.

    Ahn Cheol-soo, Moon Jae-in, Choi Soon-sil, Park Geun-hye, South Korea
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