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People's Party head says Ahn 'capable' candidate

All News 16:14 January 17, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) -- Park Jie-won, the head of the minor opposition People's Party, said Tuesday its former chief Rep. Ahn Cheol-soo is a capable presidential candidate, claiming he is comparable to late former President Kim Dae-jung, who is still admired by liberals.

"We had an independent fighter (against Japan's colonial rule), military coup leader, businessman, and a daughter of a president as country heads. Now it is time to have the country run by a reasonable person with a rational mindset," Park said during an interview with Yonhap News Agency.

"I highly value Ahn's modesty, rationality and vision for the future," Park added.

The party chief, who was also a close aide to late Kim, said such characteristics were only found in the former president, who was the country's top elected official from 1998 to 2003.

Park said although Ahn lags behind other candidates in opinion polls, this can change, noting that in last year's closely contested general election President-elect Donald Trump won the game despite trailing in most polls.

Park Jie-won, the head of the People's Party (Yonhap)

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