SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) Hwang Kyo ahn, chief of the main opposition party, announced his bid Friday to run in the Jongno district in central Seoul for the April 15 elections, heralding a high profile race against the former prime minister.

Hwang, chairman of the Liberty Korea Party, made the surprise announcement, weeks after he vowed to run in a "tough" electoral district in a metropolitan area for the parliamentary elections.

"I will run in the Jongno district," Hwang told a press briefing.

Jongno is regarded as a symbolic constituency in Korean politics where key political heavyweights were elected.

A high profile contest will unfold against former Prime Minister Lee Nak yon of the ruling Democratic Party.

Lee resumed his political activity in mid January after working as the longest serving prime minister since May 2017.

He has taken a lead in opinion polls of promising presidential candidates, followed by Hwang.

Source: Yonhap News Agency