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Former U.N. chief Ban begins listening to people's concerns

All News 10:24 January 14, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Yonhap) -- Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a prominent presidential aspirant, kicked off his drive to listen to people's concerns by visiting his hometown on Saturday.

On Saturday morning, Ban traveled to his hometown of Eemseong, 131 kilometers south of Seoul, to meet local people and visit his 92-year-old mother and the grave of his father, according to the itinerary offered by Ban's aide.

He also plans to visit Kkottongnae, a rehabilitation center for the sick and disabled in the same district, in the afternoon and meet his supporters at a welcoming event in Chungju, 147 km south of Seoul, the schedule said.

On Friday, a day after his return home, Ban paid homage to late former presidents in his first official event.

Ban, who completed his second five-year term at the end of last year, has yet to officially declare his bid for the country's presidency, but he has repeatedly signaled his strong presidential ambitions.

During a press conference held Thursday, he reiterated his ambitions for the country's top elected office, highlighting his resolve to work "for a change in politics, not for a change of government" -- a message largely seen as a challenge to establishment politics.

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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