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Jakarta Post

Ex-UN chief back in South Korea, hints at presidential bid


    Associated Press

Seoul   /   Thu, January 12, 2017   /  04:37 pm
Ex-UN chief back in South Korea, hints at presidential bid Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rubs the nose on the statue of former US President Abraham Lincoln during a visit to Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., Dec. 21, 2016. (The United Nations via AP/Amanda Voisard)

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has returned to native South Korea amid widespread expectations he'll run for president.

Ban arrived at Incheon International Airport near Seoul on Thursday as hundreds of supporters shouted his name.

He told a televised conference that he's willing to dedicate himself to achieving a national unity. He previously made similar comments that analysts say hint at presidential ambitions.

Opinion polls show Ban is one of the favorites to succeed impeached President Park Geun-hye. Park is now on trial at the Constitutional Court that will determine whether to formally end her rule and hold a new election.

Ban, a former South Korea foreign minister, ended his 10-year service at the UN last month.