Software Mogul Enters S. Korea Election

    South Korea's popular software mogul Ahn Cheol-Soo leaves after a press conference at the Salvation Army building in Seoul on September 19, 2012. Ahn declared his candidacy on September 19 for South Korea's presidential election, setting up a three-way race with a number of potentially game-changing permutations.  AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    First female president or software millionaire? That’s what South Koreans will have to choose between in the coming presidential election. Mogul and philanthropist Ahn Cheol-soo finally announced his candidacy, sending shockwaves through a nation that had expected to hand over the position to conservative Park Geun-hye. Running on a platform of change and economic hope, Ahn is favorable among those in their 20s to 40s. As an independent, he’ll have to make an agreement with the opposition candidate so they don’t split the vote. Ahn and Park are tied in the polls.

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