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Ferry tragedy turns local S. Korea polls into referendum

South Koreans voted Wednesday in local elections seen as a spot referendum on President Park Geun-Hye's handling of the April ferry disaster that killed about 300 people, mostly schoolchildren. Although these problems have roots stretching back decades, Park and her ruling conservative Saenuri Party have become a default focus for much of the public grief and anti-establishment anger. Among voters in Seoul, that choice was clearly uppermost in many people's minds. An older voter said she had chosen all Saenuri candidates as a show of support for Park Geun-Hye.