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Political parties scrambling ahead of June elections

Updated: 2014-03-31 06:32:43 (KST)
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The domestic political scene is abuzz with activity with just a little over two months remaining before the first local elections under the Park Geun-hye administration.
In the race for mayor of Seoul, former Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik threw his hat back into the ring Sunday, two days after suspending his campaign.
He stepped away on Friday after being criticized by the other two Saenuri candidates in the race, tycoon-turned-politician Chung Mong-joon and supreme council member Lee Hye-hoon.
In a press conference Sunday Kim said he would finish the race, and called on the Saenuri Party to see to it that everyone competes fairly.

On the other side of the political aisle, the co-leader of the newly-formed New Politics Alliance for Democracy has asked for a meeting with President Park Geun-hye.
Lawmaker Ahn Cheol-soo said he wants to talk with the president about how candidates are nominated for local elections.
Back in 2012, both the ruling and opposition parties pledged to scrap the party-centered nomination systems that often get tangled up in bribery scandals,.. as those wanting to be nominated sometimes open up their pocketbooks to make it happen.

However, the ruling Saenuri party retreated from its pledge.
It announced earlier this year it would instead be employing a bottom-up nomination system that involves both members of the party and the public.
Ahn urged President Park and the ruling Saenuri Party to keep their promise.
The main opposition party held a meeting Sunday where it accepted recommendations for candidates in the June local elections.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.

ANCHOR LEAD-OUT: And we are still awaiting an official response from the presidential office after Ahn Cheol-soo's call for talks with President Park on abolishing the party nomination system for local elections. But analysts say the president will almost certainly suggest the ruling and opposition parties work the issue out in the National Assembly.


Reporter : connie1223@arirang.co.kr

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