Park Says Internal Conflict Within Saenuri Party Will be Resolved Soon
Presidential candidate Park Geun-hye is taking action to try and settle escalating feuds within her ruling Saenuri Party.
It appears that she wants to embrace all three key figures currently in the middle of an internal conflict -- Kim Chong-in, the head of the party's committee in charge of drawing up economic policies, Ahn Dae-hee , the party's special political reform committee chief, and Han Kwang-ok, who has been nominated as chair of the party's committee for the people's integration.
Ahn is demanding that the party withdraw its decision to appoint Han while Kim is urging floor leader Lee Hahn-koo to resign over disputes about so-called economic democratization, one of Park Geun-hye's key campaign pledges.
Meeting with reporters at a symposium, Park said that all of the problems within the party would be resolved in the near future.
She stressed that political reform and the integration of the people should go together hinting at the possibility that she will push ahead with the party's decision to appoint Han.
However, sorting things out may not be that easy.
Both Ahn and Han are refusing to back down from their positions.
Han, in an interview with YTN Radio on Tuesday, made it clear that he won't step aside and accused Ahn of being quote-unquote "very political."
The comments come a day after Ahn said that he and a majority of his committee members would resign, if Han is appointed to the post.
Meanwhile, some of the ruling party lawmakers have joined forces with Kim Chong-in, and are calling on floor leader Lee to resign.
However, Lee remains firm in his stance that he will maintain his post.
Some political pundits say that Park should divide the roles of Kim and Lee, so that Kim can be in charge of pushing ahead with economic democratization, that focuses on reining in family-controlled conglomerates while Lee can be in charge of legislating the pledge.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News.
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