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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on June 8th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Is Ahn Cheol-soo Going To Run For President of South Korea?

Will he or won’t he run for President?:

Professor Ahn Cheol-soo, frontrunner among liberal presidential hopefuls, is likely to declare his candidacy for president, his close associate said Friday.

“Ahn Cheol-soo will run in the presidential elections because he is a leader with a calling,” former Creative Korea Party chairman Moon Kook-hyun said in a television interview.

“Ahn is likely to announce his intentions some time after July.”

Moon Kook-hyun has maintained a close relationship since 1993 with Ahn, dean of Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology at Seoul National University.

The comment comes at a time when local politicians are split over projections regarding Ahn’s decision regarding his run for presidency.

He said as it takes three to four months to become familiarized with public opinion, and because Ahn is focusing on establishing his charity foundation until mid-July, the announcement will not come in June.  [Korea Herald]

I just find it interesting how in South Korea someone can declare to run for President just a few months before the election while in the US our candidates seem to campaign for at least two years.  Wouldn’t it be nice in the US if we didn’t have to listen to two years worth of campaign rhetoric?

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  • Stephen
    12:56 am on June 9th, 2012 1

    I just find it interesting how in South Korea someone can declare to run for President just a few months before the election.

    It’s a sensible strategy for Ahn to delay his candidacy.

    This is a man who wants to bring his knowledge of entrepreneurial economic strategy up against the rent-seeking strategy of Park Geun-hye’s supporters and the Juche strategy of the leftists. Both of those groups possessing substantial media clout.

  • tbonetylr
    2:18 am on June 9th, 2012 2

    I hope so as long as his campaign slogan is “Yankee Go Home*U.S. Military OUT,” then he wins and immediately follows up on his slogan.

  • Glans
    4:35 am on June 9th, 2012 3

    Does Ahn Cheol-soo support the Glans Plan for Korea?
    1. PRC stays out.
    2. ROK annexes DPRK.
    3. USA gets out.

  • Teadrinker
    3:55 pm on June 10th, 2012 4

    Many people aren’t enamoured with Park Geun-hye, and yet she’s probably the only sensible candidate at the moment since the opposition has become a bit too extreme even for liberals. I think Prof. Ahn’s candidacy would be a game changer. Without knowing much about his politics, it appears to me that he’s much more of a centrist by comparison, not to mention that he’s also one of the few superstars of Korean entrepreneurship and technology, which should make him very appealing to a very wide spectrum of the electorate.

  • Jeremy
    8:28 pm on June 10th, 2012 5

    Teadrinker, I agree.
    I’m not exactly a big fan of Park’s, either, but considering that the chinboistas aren’t even hiding their pro-Juche stance anymore and a lot of other ROK conservatives only oppose the DPRK until there’s money to be made (i.e. Kaesong), I can see why she’s popular.

    And regarding the Ahn story, yes, it would be nice if we didn’t have to put up with that here.


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