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Ban calls for multi-seat electoral system

All News 18:02 January 02, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called for a shift of South Korea's parliamentary election system from the current single-seat constituency to a multiple-number system, an indication that he would join a third political force for his presidential ambition, a source said.

During a meeting with his acquaintances, the potential presidential candidate expressed support for former People's Party leader Rep. Ahn Cheol-soo's proposal for electoral reform, which would weaken the domination of major parties and facilitate smaller parties' advance into the National Assembly.

Ban has been courted by a number of political groups, especially from two splinter parties from both the conservative Saenuri Party and the main opposition Democratic Party. The People's Party was created by defectors from the Democratic Party in February 2016.

Although Ban is a major potential presidential candidate, his lack of domestic political ground has been cited as a hurdle.

According to a survey conducted last week by Yonhap News Agency and KBS, South Korea's top newswire and broadcaster, respectively, Moon Jae-in, former head of the Democratic Party, posted an approval rating of 21.6 percent, trailed by Ban with 17.2 percent.


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