DUP Continues To Push Independent Ahn To Merge With DUP's Moon
In about 20 days time, two of the leading presidential candidates will have an important decision to make.
All eyes are on how the main opposition Democratic United Party's Moon Jae-in and independent candidate Ahn Cheol-soo will merge their campaigns before the final candidate registration scheduled for November 25th and 26th.
Latest opinion polls show Moon and Ahn lag behind the ruling Saenuri Party's Park Geun-hye in a hypothetical three-way race.
This means Moon and Ahn will need to come together if they want the opposition camp to have a chance of winning in December.
However, the two are not willing to compromise; with both saying they are the most fitting candidate to be Korea's next president.
The opposition party is pushing strongly for the two sides to join forces.
Moon's campaign spokesman said Friday that once Moon's ample political experience and Ahn's idealism are put together, it will bring about positive political reforms.
As for suggestions on the merging process itself, Moon's camp put out several plans including public opinion polls, a panel survey followed by a TV debate and mobile as well as on-the-spot polling.
However, Ahn's camp says the talks cannot be focused on only winning the election, and that before such talks take place, each presidential candidate should focus on putting their own political reforms into action for the good of the public.
Ahn said earlier this month that, if the merging is to take place because the public wants it, then it will be him that wins the unified nomination.
The conservative Saenuri Party has been critical of the idea saying the DUP continues to push for an alliance when its candidate doesn't share the same ideals as Ahn.
Pundits say Moon and Ahn will come to the negotiating table before the final candidate registration date because they both want to stop Park Geun-hye becoming Korea's next president.
Lee Ji-yoon, Arirang News.
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