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Minor opposition bloc to create united coalition party

All News 11:56 January 25, 2016

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) -- Leaders of two minor opposition parties announced Monday they will create a new united coalition party, a move that is likely to reorganize the political landscape of the opposition bloc in the lead-up to the general elections in April.

Reps. Ahn Cheol-soo and Chun Jung-bae, who both quit the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea earlier to create their own parties, said they will join hands to win a victory against the ruling Saenuri Party in the April 13 poll.

"We have agreed that this coalition should be for the people not for politicians, eventually to fulfill the people's hope for change," both sides said in an agreement.

The two, however, did not comment on when the new party will be launched and details of their agreement.

The move came as Moon Jae-in, the chairman of the main opposition Minjoo Party, announced last week that he will resign from his post as soon as possible.

Moon and Ahn failed to work out differences over how to reform the party, which led to Ahn's departure.

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