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People's Party rules out merger with main opposition

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's minor opposition People's Party on Friday ruled out the possibility of a reunion with the main opposition Democratic Party, which it was splintered from last year after a bitter factional fighting.

Floor leader Rep. Joo Seung-yong rebuffed Democratic Party presidential hopeful Moon Jae-in's recent suggestion of a grand union of the liberal bloc ahead of the presidential election.

"Moon, who was responsible for the separation (of the People's Party), does not deserve to make such a suggestion," Joo told MBC Radio.

"But we can seek an alliance. We do not dislike the pro-Moon faction itself. There are some good lawmakers from the faction. We just want to demolish the hegemony of the Moon supporters," he added.

Rep. Joo Seung-yong, the floor leader of the People's Party (Yonhap)

The whip said the party can win the election if potential presidential contenders such as former opposition leader Sohn Hak-kyu, ex-Prime Minister Chung Un-chan and former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon join its primary to pick a single candidate.

Regarding the possibility of its alliance with the planned New Conservative Party for Reform, he said it will depend on the newcomers' stance on reformative bills at the National Assembly.

The new party, established by lawmakers who left the ruling Saenuri Party, will be officially launched later this month.
colin@yna.co.kr

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Peter Joe  edt@koeapost.com

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