Ruling Saenuri Party Holds Primary to Select Single Presidential Candidate
With only four months left until the Koreans head to the polls to select their next president, the ruling Saenuri Party held its presidential primary on Sunday and the results will be announced at the party convention on Monday.
Park Geun-hye, a lawmaker and daughter of former President Park Chung-hee, is seen as the frontrunner and she is expected to receive around 70 percent of the primary votes.
The primary process includes voting by around 200-thousand people, including party members and the general public, to select the presidential candidate from among five contenders.
In addition, a public opinon survey of 6-thousand citizens will be included in the selection process.
Meanwhile, the five contenders for the presidential nomination of the main opposition Democratic United Party are preparing for the party's month-long national open primary which kicks off in Jeju Island next weekend.
The party's front runner Moon Jae-in is visiting southern city of Gwangju for local media interviews and to campaign for votes.
Former party chairman Sohn Hak-kyu held a public lecture in Daejeon city on his recently published book.
Former South Gyeongsang Province Governor Kim Du-kwan pledged to introduce a volunteer military service instead of the current conscription system, while lawmaker Chung Sye-kyun announced government support for those planning to become farmers.
Heo Seung-ha, Arirang News.
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