South Korea heads to the polls to pick its next president

The voting has begun for Presidential poll in South Korea. The early election is being held after a corruption scandal brought down President Park Geun-hye.

Left-leaning Moon Jae-in is the clear front-runner with centrist Ahn Cheol-soo his nearest challenger.

The election is being closely watched at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea. Moon wants to increase contact with the North – in contrast to Park who cut almost all ties to Pyongyang.

On the final day of the campaigning, Moon called for an overwhelming victory to heal a national divide caused by the downfall and impeachment of conservative Park.

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