'UN Chief Ban Ki-moon to run for South Korea's presidency'

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Seoul, Oct 5: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will run for South Korean president next year, a former Prime Minister was quoted by political sources on Wednesday as saying.

"I think Ban has clearly made up his mind," the Korea Times quoted Kim Jong-pil, a former Prime Minister and an iconic conservative politician, as saying during a meeting with close figures last week.

Ban to run for S Korea's presidecy

Kim, however, declined to comment further on the background of the remark. Kim met Ban personally during the UN head's visit to South Korea in May.

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Ban has been cited as one of the potential candidates for the country's presidential race slated for late 2017, although he has never expressed a clear stance on the speculation. His second five-year term as UN chief expires at the end of this year.


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