Opposition bloc fields joint candidate for Gyeonggi governor
For the nomination, Rhyu, former welfare minister in the Roh administration, competed against Kim Jin-pyo, who served as Roh's finance minister and education.
In the neck-and-neck race, Rhyu won 50.48 percent of the votes, while Kim won 49.52 percent.
"Nothing is impossible when the opposition parties unite," Rhyu said as he accepted the nomination.
"In this election, the people will judge the Lee Myung-bak administration's incompetence and despotism."
*The full version of the article can be read in tomorrow’s edition of the JoongAng Daily.
By Ser Myo-ja [firstname.lastname@example.org]