Ruling party picks Seoul mayor candidateUpdated: 2014-05-13 AM 9:59:27 (KST)
When voters in Seoul take to the polls next month to cast their ballots for mayor, the name under the Saenuri Party banner will read Chung Mong-joon .
The seven-term lawmaker and former presidential candidate beat out former Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik and Supreme Council member Lee Hye-hoon in a primary on Monday at Seoul's Olympic Gymnastics Hall.
After earning the nomination, Chung pledged to go out and win come June 4th.
"I will fight to win back Seoul's mayoral seat in the upcoming June 4th local elections. I will provide more quality jobs and improve welfare systems for Seoul citizens. I will work for President Park Geun-hye, our Saenuri Party and for the people who love our country."
The business tycoon,.. the largest shareholder in Hyundai Heavy Industries, said he had a vision to make Seoul the economic, cultural and tourism center of East Asia.
He also said he wanted to make the capital a more attractive place to live, pointing out that the capital's population has fallen below the 10 million mark this year.
Chung was selected through a process that gives the votes of party delegates, party members and ordinary citizens 80 percent weight.
Opinion polls accounted for 20 percent.
Chung will face off in the race against incumbent Park Won-soon of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy.
"With the contenders for Seoul mayor decided, Chung and Park are expected to hit the campaign trail next week as they look to secure a four-year-term running the nation's capital.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News."
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