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Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
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Can Ahn win over 20 lawmakers to form a negotiating body?
Ahn bolts from NPAD, tries to form a new opposition party
Former Co-Chairman AhnCheol-soo of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD)had an emergency press conference at the National Assembly in Seoul on Dec. 13, 2015, and made a bombshell announcement that he was leaving the NPAD.
He said, “I have tried to persuade the leaders of the NPAD that if the present situation should be permitted to continue, there would be no chance of winning the upcoming elections, but there has been no answer from the leadership.”
Ultimately, he declared that he would form a new opposition party. (See full text at the end of this Report.)
Ahn’sdeparture from the main opposition party signals the splitting of the opposition political camp with the general elections only four months away.
Former Co-chairman AhnCheol-soo declares that he is leaving the main
opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) toform a new
Presumed to join the new party of Ahn are the members of the non-mainstream factions of the NPAD, including the some of the political leaders of the southwestern Jeolla Provinces (the seat of power of the late former President Kim Dae-jung). Reports indicate that about 20 incumbent opposition members of the National Assembly might want to join the new party of Ahn, which is the required number for the formation of a parliamentary negotiating body.
Offhand, Supreme Councilmen JooSeung-yong and Oh Young-sik have already resigned from their NPAD posts and almost so has non-mainstream floor leader Lee Jong-kul.
Ahn is also getting favorable comments from former Rep. Kim Han-gill with whom Ahn had shared the co-chairmanship of the NPAD before Moon’s takeover of the party.
Ahn has already declared that he would form a new opposition party for the takeover of the control of government in the forthcoming general elections and it is generally anticipated that more than 20 current members of the National Assembly might join the new party of Ahn.
Former Co-Chairmen AhnCheol-soo(right) and Kim Han-gill of the NPAD
shake hands with each other. It is not clear at this time if Kim would
join the new party Ahn plans to create.
Too, there are possibilities of Ahn’s forming an alliance with the political leaders of the Jeolla Provinces such as Reps. Chun Jung-bae (leader of a new opposition party),independent lawmaker Park Joo-sun and Governor Park Joon-young of the Jeollanam-do Province.
However, there are speculations that Ahm might not readily join hands with the Jeolla provincial political leaders lest he should be labeled a ‘Jeollaprovincial man.’
Even if Ahn succeeds in forming the parliamentary negotiating body, however, a big question remains. It is how he could form an amicable relationship of cooperation (and even coalition) with the NPAD to compete with the united force of the ruling Saenuri Party that is expected to automatically get the benefit of a fisherman catching fish in troubled waters.
There is another possibility that might not be very encouraging to Ahn. It is the possibility of an oppositioncoalition that might be formed among the NPAD, the moderate progressive Democratic Justice Party of Rep. Ms. Sin Sang-Jung and the National Council (provisional) of Rep. Chun Jung-bae.
NDPA Chairman Moon Jae-in visits the home of Rep. Ahn for a negotiation,
but leaves?with no avail. Reports say Ahn was no longer interested in
The following is an unofficial English translation of the full text of statement by former Co-Chairman AhnCheol-soo of the NPAD issued on the occasion of his announcement of departure from the NPAD on Dec. 13, 2015. The English version of the text was done by The Korea Post.?Ed.
Today, I am leaving the New Politics Alliance for Democracy.
I have failed to fulfill the repeated wishes of the Korean people and the members of the NPAD to reform the main opposition party to win the heart and pride of the Korean people so that they could repose their confidence in the party to take over the control of government.
I failed to meet the wishes of the people and the members of the Party.
The force who wanted to dwell on the present state and situation of the party was too strong and it was way beyond the range of my ability to resist.
I have tried to persuade the leadership of the party that if the present situation should be permitted to continue, everyone would have to face a catastrophe.
And I have pleaded again and again with the leadership of the party to make a bold decision to reform the party. However, there has been no answer from the leadership.
I told myself if the present state of situation should be permitted to continue, there would be no hope of winning the forthcoming general elections?let alone the hope of carrying out the takeover of the government.
I honestly admit my lack of ability to improve this situation and I feel fully responsible for this situation.
I offer my sincere apology for this from the bottom of my heart.
President Chun Jung-bae of the newly formed splinter opposition party,
GukminHoeeui (The National Council).
Dear fellow countrymen,
I have been continuously seeking the unity of the opposition political party and the eventual takeover of the control of government.
I conceded the candidacy of the Presidential election in 2012 and merged with the NPAD shortly before the local autonomy elections.
However, political reforms have not been made at the NPAD and change of government has not come.
There has been no improvement in the livelihood of the people and the leaders of the opposition party, too, have not been able to do away with the ill practices of clinging on to their vested rights.
The opposition political party in Korea today is unable to provide the people with any answer. The opposition party can neither change the present state of affairs in Korea
nor produce any hope for the change of government.
The opposition party is in the crossroads and in a truly desperate situation.
If we want to find a way out, we should re-examine everything. In spite of this situation, the party leadership rejects the demand of the people to carry out major political reforms. The party leaders only try to protect their small vested rights.
They speak of reforms, but in the depth of their mind they are afraid of reforms and renovations.
So, I have arrived at a conclusion that within the NPAD it is impossible to expect any change or reforms. And I have reached a conclusion that if such reforms cannot be carried out from within the party, they should be sought by a strong shock from outside the party.
In front of a rocky wall in the middle of pitch-dark night where I cannot see an inch before me, I have chosen the most difficult way which I believe I should take. I am now all alone, and am moving into the middle of a wild plain. I have neither an azimuth compass nor a map.
However, my destination is clear.
It is for me to stop the expansion of the power of the ruling Saenuri Party and repay the people for their support given me in my effort to curb the further expansion of the power of the ruling Saenuri Party with better administration of the affairs of the state and new politics to improve the livelihood of the people.
Now I have started my work to carry out the change of government. I will try to create a political force that can effect the change of government. And in order to attain this goal, I will do everything I can.
My dear people and dear members of the Party!
I solicit your kind support and care.
Two boys stole a big bag of oranges from a neighbor & decided to go to a quiet place to share the lot equally.
One of them suggested the nearby cemetery.
As they were jumping over the gate to enter the cemetery, two oranges fell out of the big bag but they didn't bother to pick them since they had enough in the bag.
Few minutes later, a drunkard on his way from a bar, passed near the cemetery gate and heard a voice saying: "One for me, one for you, one for me, one for you
for you, one for me, one for you..."
He immediately sobered up and ran as fast as he could to a church nearby, for the priest.
"Father, please come with me. Come and witness God and satan sharing the dead at the cemetery!"
They both ran back to the cemetery gate and the voice continued: "One for me, one for you, one for me, one for you..."
Suddenly, the voice stopped counting and said: "What about the two at the gate?"
You should have seen the marathon that followed, Wah!!!
The priest almost ran past the church gate shouting: "We are not dead yet, Oohh!!!"
A round-up of the latest news published by the Korean media:
AhnCheol-soo Announces Defection from Opposition Party
Rep. AhnCheol-soo of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) has announced his defection from the party.
US Fed Expected to Hike Rates
Nations Approve Historic Global Climate Accord
Ruling Party Criticizes Ahn's Defection
AhnCheol-soo Announces Defection from Opposition Party
Meeting Between Opposition Chief, Ahn Unrealized
S. Korea Ranks Fifth in Global Manufacturing Competitiveness
S. Korea Suffers From Largest Foreign Capital Outflow Among Emerging Countries
FM: S. Korea Can Overcome Hardship Based on Past Experience
S. Korea Declines to Link Family Reunions to Tourism Resumption
N. Korea Blames S. Korea for Unproductive Inter-Korean Talks
Rights Group Using Drone to Send Information into N. Korea
N. Korean Officials Remain Silent over Cancellation of Moranbong Concert
US Fed Expected to Hike Rates
Nations Approve Historic Global Climate Accord
Virginia revises textbook guidelines in line with 'East Sea' legislation
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Police analyze CCTV footage over suspicious box at S. Korean consulate
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USFK relocation to Pyeongtaek pushed back to end of 2017
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Over half of biz in S. Korea seek belt-tightening management next year: poll
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The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)
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AhnCheol-soo calls it quits with NPAD
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Men arrested for allegedly making and selling meth
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Samsung leukemia talks heads toward speedy resolution
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AhnCheol-soo leaves NPAD in 21 months
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One Briton’s 50-year romance with birds brings him to a life in Korea
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Ahn declares his defection from the NPAD
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Photo shows President Soon-Heung Chang of Handong Global University (fifth from left, front row) with ambassadors and other visiting members of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps (SDC), including Ambassador Mme Natallia Zhylevich of Belraus (dean of the visiting members of the SDC), fourth from left the same row With Ambassador and Mrs. SylvestreKouassi Bile of Cote d’ Ivoire (third and second from left, front row).
And Ambassador Roballo of Argentina (sixth from left, same row) and Ambassadors Mohamed Abdi Gello of Kenya (on the right of the rear row).
“Why not try to change the world?”
Ambassadors, senior diplomats visit Handong Global University in Pohang
Ambassadors NatalliaZhylevich of Belarus, Kouassi Bile of Cote d’Ivoire, Jorge Roballo of Argentina and Mohamed Abdi Gello of Kenya and 20 other senior diplomats, including the charges d’affaires, visited Handong Global University in Pohang City on the Southeast Coast of Korea on Nov. 12, 2015 at the invitation of President Soon-Heung Chang of the University.
The tour, organized by The Korea Post, included also a visit to POSCO and a cruise ride around the harbor of the Pohang City.
The Korea Post has been organizing tours for the ambassadors and other senior members of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps for the past 30 years, but it must be said that the one hosted by Handong Global University is one of the most impressive in terms of the interest on the part of the host who met the guests with a true heart and warm welcome.
President Soon-Heung Chang of the University made such an excellent arrangement out of respect and special regard for the distinguished international guests by asking his Vice President Simon Kang(Administrative Affairs) and Professor JinwonAhn (School of Management and Economics) to come all the way from Pohang to Seoul to welcome and escort the ambassadors and other senior diplomats to comfortably visit his University.
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