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Former prime minister Han wins opposition primary for Seoul mayor race


6일 오후 영등포 민주당사에서 열린 `민주당 서울특별시장 후보자 추천을 위한 국민참여 경선대회`에서 민주당 서울시장 후보로 선출된 한명숙 후보가 주먹을 쥐고 인사를 하고 있다. [뉴시스]

The Democratic Party selected former Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook as its Seoul mayor candidate today.

Han, 66, will compete against incumbent Mayor Oh Se-hoon of the Grand National Party in the June 2 election. If elected, Han, who served as the first female prime minister of the nation, will be Seoul's first female mayor.

The election commission of the Democratic Party selected its candidate through a public opinion poll, surveying 2,000 voters in Seoul. Former lawmaker Lee Kye-ahn ran against Han in the primary.

"Lee Myung-bak and Oh Se-hoon have destroyed Seoul for the past eight years, but I will restore the city for the public," Han said in her acceptance speech. "Support me to build a city that will invest in the people and lives."

Han is a well-known democracy activist and women's rights advocate. She began her political career in 2000 when the Democratic Party gave her a legislative seat as a proportional representative. In 2004, Han was reelected to represent Goyang's Ilsan districts, defeating Grand National Party heavyweight Hong Sa-duk.

She served as the first minister of gender equality under the Kim Dae-jung administration, and the Roh Moo-hyun administration appointed her environment minister from 2003 to 2004. From 2006 to 2007, she served as prime minister under Roh.

By Ser Myo-ja

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오 시장이 지난 3일 당내 경선에서 나경원 의원을 누르고 재선 도전장을 거머쥔 데 이어 한 전 총리가 6일 당 여론조사 경선에서 이계안 전 의원을 제치고 후보로 최종 확정된 데 따른 것이다.

두 사람 간의 경쟁은 단순한 남녀 성대결을 넘어 현직 시장 대(對) 총리 출신, 보수와 진보, 현 정권과 전 정권, 40대(오 시장)와 60대(한 전 총리) 등 다각구도를 형성하고 있다.

오 시장과 한 전 총리는 초반부터 기선을 잡기 위한 날선 신경전을 연출했다.

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