Dec. 31 (UPI) — A South Korean software program entrepreneur who beforehand ran for president is main in a ballot on the Seoul mayoral race forward of a by-election in April.

Extra South Korean respondents to a neighborhood survey picked Ahn Cheol-soo, 58, a mayoral candidate with the minor opposition Folks’s Celebration, over rivals who embody a minister and a former conservative lawmaker, Hankyoreh reported Thursday.

The ballot, carried out by pollster Jowon C&I, confirmed Ahn profitable a two-way race with 42.1% help, beating out present Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Park Younger-sun, who has a score of 36.8%, in accordance with the report.

Ahn, a health care provider who made headlines after treating COVID-19 sufferers within the spring, disclosed his determination to run for workplace Dec. 20.

The middle-right candidate faces hurdles, nevertheless. Na Kyung-won, a former lawmaker with the Folks Energy Celebration, the primary conservative opposition, additionally has not dominated out getting into the race.

In line with the Jowon ballot, Na’s entry might price Ahn the election. In a three-way race, Park would lead with 35.5% of the vote, Ahn, 26%, and Na, 9.4%, the ballot confirmed.

Ahn mentioned final week he needed to be a “unifying candidate,” and that he’s re-entering politics due to his dissatisfaction with President Moon Jae-in’s administration. Ahn has accused Moon of “killing democracy” in Korea, in accordance with Yonhap.

Seoul has been and not using a mayor since Park Received-soon apparently died by suicide in July. Park, a ruling get together politician, went lacking after reviews a former worker was searching for to file sexual harassment expenses towards him.

On Tuesday, South Korean police formally ended their investigation into Park, citing lack of proof of claims Park’s aides abetted harassment by doing nothing to help the plaintiff, JoongAng Every day reported.

“The investigations didn’t yield proof to help any expenses for the suspects,” police mentioned, in accordance with the report.