Mystic levitating presidential candidate offering voters £62,000 each

A charismatic populist politician who claims two be able to levitate has a winning strategy for South Korea’s 2022 presidential election. He’s going to give every citizen £62,000.

Independent candidate Heo Kyung-young, 71, says he can heal people and transfer energy just by making eye contact as well as float off the ground using the power of thought.

Despite failing to win the presidency at two previous attempts – and on one occasion ending up in jail for making false electoral claims – Heo is sure he’s going to crack it this time.

His strategy is to offer 100 million won (around £62k) to every citizen aged 18 or over, and top that up with a 1.5 million won (just over 9,000) every month.

Neither of his rivals, current governor of Gyeonggi Province Lee Jae-myeong or former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-yul, are offering any cash incentives for voters.

But Heo is determined to win, and has a radical agenda centred around what he says is widespread political corruption in the country: “It’s not that we don’t have a lot of money in this country,” he says, “it’s that we have a lot of robbers”.

He says that there are too many corrupt politicians – or “robbers” as he puts it – and he has “come to catch them”.

Heo also says he will slash the size of the country’s parliament and cancel the wages of the MPS that remain, making the job an honorary, unpaid position.

One of Heo’s supporters, a a taxi driver from Busan named Kim, told the South China Morning Post : “All of our current politicians come from rich families and prestigious universities while government officials have fat salaries.

“These people don’t know what it feels like to be in the working class and to shed tears because you don’t have enough money to take care of your family.”

Heo himself isn’t too badly off, with The Chosun Ilbo newspaper has estimating his net worth at somewhere in the region of 36.4 billion won (a little over £23 million).

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