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The Mayor of Seoul has been reported missing, according to the South Korean police



The mayor of the South Korean capital Seoul has been reported missing and searches are on Thursday, the police said.

Police officers said they are looking for Mayor Park Won-sun in Seoul’s Sungbuk district, where his cell phone signal was last discovered.

His daughter called the police on Thursday and said their father was not reported, the police said, asking for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media about the matter.

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FILE - In this file photo dated June 5, 2014, Park Won-soon, then a candidate for the Mayor of Seoul City of the main opposition party New Politics Alliance for Democracy, celebrates his victory in the Seoul Mayor Election at his office in Seoul, South Korea.  According to police, Park, the current mayor of the South Korean capital Seoul, was reported missing on Thursday, July 9, 2020, and searches are ongoing.  (AP Photo / Lee Jin-man, file)

FILE – In this file photo dated June 5, 2014, Park Won-soon, then a candidate for the Mayor of Seoul City of the main opposition party New Politics Alliance for Democracy, celebrates his victory in the Seoul Mayor Election at his office in Seoul, South Korea. According to police, Park, the current mayor of the South Korean capital Seoul, was reported missing on Thursday, July 9, 2020, and searches are ongoing. (AP Photo / Lee Jin-man, file)

Seoul Metropolitan Government official Kim Ji-hyeong confirmed that Park was absent for work on Thursday for unknown reasons and canceled all of his appointments, including a meeting with a presidential official in his office in Seoul City Hall.

As a long-time civil activist and human rights lawyer, Park was elected mayor of Seoul in 2011 and was elected to his third and final term in June last year.

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As a member of President Moon Jae-in’s Liberal Democratic Party, Park was seen as a potential president for the Liberals in the 2022 elections.


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