Korea's main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy has backtracked on its promise to abolish the party-nomination system before local elections in June.
The party said it reached the decision after a public opinion survey and an intra-party vote showed more were in favor of maintaining the current system.
This means the party will now select its own candidates to run in the local elections in under two months time.
Abolishing the party-centered nomination system was a key campaign pledge of both the ruling and opposition parties during the 2012 presidential campaigns with many believing it acts as a breeding ground for bribery and corruption.
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