New opposition party sets sailUpdated: 2014-03-27 21:59:36 (KST)
"Three cheers for the New Politics Alliance for Democracy Together with the people We will win the June 4th local elections and the presidential elections in 2017 "
The New Politics Alliance for Democracy Party set sail this Thursday with the opening of its first supreme council meeting.
The new opposition party's co-leaders Kim Han-gil and Ahn Cheol-soo said their focus is on the people.
"Our new alliance's top priority will be enhancing the people's livelihoods. Our first lawmaking activities will be devoted to revising three exisiting welfare bills."
The proposed amendments to the three bills focus on reaching those most in need of financial help.
If the revisions are passed, local governments will be able to assist people who are in need of urgent financial aid with a particular emphasis on families who are having a hard time paying their water, electricity and medical bills.
"If our first revised welfare bills get passed, some one million desperate families who are in need of financial help will receive it from the government."
The ruling Saenuri Party congratulated the newly unified opposition party, but with conditions attached.
"We are keeping a close eye on the new party's pledge for strong national security and an innovative and growing economy. We'll have to wait and see how well those pledges are carried out."
Despite the new party's liberal base, it has vowed to adopt what they call "conservative" values.
"As for the June 4th local elections, Ahn and Kim said that the New Politics Alliance for Democracy would not engage in a nomination process, saying it acts as a breeding ground for bribery and corruption.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News."
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