Governor candidate quits race amid allegations of extramarital affairs

CHEONAN, South Korea, A leading candidate for South Chungcheong Province governor in June's local elections quit the race on Wednesday amid allegations of extramarital affairs.

Park Soo-hyun, who served as President Moon Jae-in's first presidential spokesman, decided to accept a recommendation from his party, the ruling Democratic Party, to voluntarily withdraw from the race, an official of Park's election campaign told Yonhap News Agency.

Park's estranged wife has claimed that they divorced due to Park's "woman problem," claiming that he had an affair with a female local council member for more than 10 years. Park denied the claims, saying they divorced due to economic problems.

Park's campaign had already been dealt a heavy blow when former governor An Hee-jung resigned over allegations that he sexually assaulted his secretary and another woman. Park, a friend of An, has campaigned largely on An's popularity.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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