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Minor opposition party leadership holds meeting over merger

All Headlines 22:43 March 10, 2016

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- Leaders of the minor opposition People's Party held a meeting late Thursday to discuss a possible merger with the main opposition party ahead of the April 13 general elections.

The party's two chairmen -- Ahn Cheol-soo and Chun Jung-bae -- and the party's senior member, Kim Han-gil, gathered to discuss whether to join forces with the Minjoo Party of Korea.

Earlier, Ahn declined the offer from Kim Chong-in, interim leader of the Minjoo Party, who argued for the coalition of the opposition bloc to win more seats.

Currently, the ruling Saenuri Party controls 157 seats in the 293-member National Assembly, compared to 107 seats held by the main opposition Minjoo Party. Ahn's People's Party controls only 17 seats, three seats short of holding bargaining rights.

Chun, meanwhile, argues that the two parties should come together to win a sweeping victory and to keep the Saenuri Party from prevailing in the elections.

The offer came more than two months after the three lawmakers left the New Politics Alliance for Democracy, the predecessor of the Minjoo Party, due to an internal strife.

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