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>> Ban Ki-moon bowing out of a run at the South Korean presidency on Wednesday. The ex-UN chief was once thought to be a front runner to take the reigns from scandal-ridden leader Park Geun-hye. But he says he's become disillusioned with politics in his homeland and won't kick off a campaign.
>> I was very frustrated by the obsolete, narrow-minded and selfish attitudes of some politicians and reached the conclusion that moving forward with them would be meaningless.>> Ban came the South Korea less than a month ago but failed to capitalize on his long anticipated homecoming, no thanks to a strings of PR gaps and a money scandal linked to members of his family.
He was expected to run as a conservative but couldn't secure support from a party. The recent impeachment of President Park didn't do Ban any favors. He may not be implicated in his family's money affairs, but after months of scandal reaching to the very top of South Korean politics, a wary public sees any link to foul play in an especially negative light.
Park must quit if a constitutional court upholds her impeachment vote, expected as soon as late this month.