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Roh edges Lee in the presidency ballot (photo)
AFAR
12/20/2002



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[Seoul, Korea] After a tough presidential race between Roh Moo-hyun, candidate from Millennium Democratic Party, and Lee Hoi-chang, candidate from the Grand National Party, Roh came out ahead in the final vote with 49.1% of the vote while Lee with 46.8% of the vote. But the state-run media reported that its poll had a 2.2% margin of error.

Roh, 56, and Lee, 67, were running the campaign over issues on North Korea’s nuclear program and the US troops in the South. 73% of the country’s registered voters casted their ballot, Yonhap news agency reported. Surveys also show that younger voters supported the more liberal Roh who endorses the “sunshine policy” while the older ones backed conservative Lee who is critical of Roh’s soft stand toward North Korea.

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