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South Korean President Moon Jae-in must win upcoming elections to avoid becoming a lame duck in the second half of his single, five-year term. But first he’s got to consolidate power within his own party.

To do that, Moon’s looking close to home. Almost 60 former aides and staffers from the presidential office and government are running in primaries that begin Monday — an unprecedentedly large number. Their success or failure will shape the ruling Democratic Party of Korea’s fortunes on April 15, when all 300 National Assembly seats are up for grabs.

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