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Opposition leader hints at bid for next presidential race

All Headlines 16:57 August 28, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Yonhap) -- Ahn Cheol-soo, former co-leader of the minority opposition People's Party, on Sunday pledged to dedicate himself to change in government, hinting at his bid for the presidential election next year.

"I will commit myself to help the People's Party take control of the government in order for the party to change politics, the lives of people and the era," Ahn said after a hiking event with reporters in Gwangju, 329 kilometers south of Seoul.

The upcoming presidential race will be a battle between two extreme political powers and one reasonable and innovative power, Ahn said. He meant the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition Minjoo Party as the two extreme political forces and the People's Party as the one reasonable force.

"The next presidential election should be the stage where changes in politicians, generations and the government take place. The fate of the country will be decided depending on people's decisions," he said.

As the results of the April 13 general election showed, the pent-up demand for a reasonable and innovative political party began to "erupt this year and will explode in next year's election" in favor of the minor People's Party, the former software entrepreneur said.

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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