New Politics Alliance for Democracy will reconsider abolishing party nomination systemUpdated: 2014-04-09 06:33:20 (KST)
Korea's main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy has said it will reconsider a previous pledge to abolish its party nomination system ahead of the June local elections.
Speaking to press on Tuesday, Ahn Cheol-soo, co-leader of the newly formed opposition party, said his coalition would make a final decision after taking into equal account votes by party members and public opinion.
It's a shift from the main opposition party's original stance.
It had previously said it was going to do away with the party nomination system completely, as it can be a breeding ground for bribery and corruption.
Both the ruling Saenuri Party and the opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy pledged to scrap the party-centered nomination systems during the 2012 presidential campaign.
But the ruling party retreated from its pledge earlier this year, adopting instead a bottom-up nomination system that involves both members of the party and the public.
The New Politics Alliance for Democracy is expected to make a final decision on the nomination system this week.
Ahn's announcement comes one day after the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae turned down his request to meet with President Park Geun-hye for talks on scrapping their top-down systems.
After Tuesday's announcement, the ruling party criticized the opposition party, accusing it of playing politics with the issue and overturning numerous pledges.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.
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