Look who has decided to come back into the Korean national political spotlight by joining forces with the Korean left:
Democratic Party chairman Rep. Kim Han-gil and independent Rep. Ahn Cheol-soo have agreed to establish a new political party to challenge the ruling Saenuri Party ahead of local election in June.
The two opposition leaders also said Sunday they will join forces to abolish parties’ candidate nomination for lower-level administration chiefs and councilors as part of their political reform efforts.
The new party will be formed with the unified aim to transfer power from the ruling party in the next presidential election, they said.
“The two sides have agreed to create a new party for new politics as soon as possible and seek a transfer of power in the 2017 (presidential election),” the two leaders said at a news conference held at the National Assembly.
“The government and the ruling party have not repented nor apologized for their lies during the (previous) presidential election and are deceiving the people ahead of the local election. (The alliance) is to judge the politics of lies and lay the foundation for the politics of promise,” they said reading a joint statement. The two reached the agreement late Saturday night in a two-day marathon meeting. [Korea Herald]
You can read more at the link, but ROK Heads may remember that Ahn is the anti-virus software mogul and a popular university lecturer who went on to run for President. He dropped out of the Presidential race when Korean left wing politician Moon Jae-in refused to drop out himself. His candidacy upset many on the Korean left because Ahn and Moon spent much time bashing each other which helped Park Geun-hye win the election. So now it appears the Korean left has kissed and made up with Ahn because of their mutual hatred of Park, so I guess we will see what this means in the coming months.