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Saenuri Rep. Won declares presidential bid

All Headlines 11:57 February 06, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- Rep. Won Yoo-chul, a five-term lawmaker of the ruling Saenuri Party, officially declared his presidential bid Monday, proposing a pre-election constitutional revision to install a "power-sharing" governance structure.

Won became the second Saenuri lawmaker to join this year's presidential race. Rhee In-je, a former six-term lawmaker of the same party, threw his hat into the ring last month.

During a press conference, Won suggested a two-stage constitutional revision that seeks to alter the country's governance structure before the presidential election and handle other issues related to the revision after the election.

Won said he would push for a power-sharing governance structure under which the president and the prime minister share powers with the central government delegating a significant portion of its authority to provincial governments.

A strong advocate for the country's nuclear armament, Won said that if elected, he would continue to seek talks with Pyongyang over its denuclearization. But he said he would push for South Korea's "conditional" nuclear armament if the denuclearization talks fail.

This photo, taken on Jan. 5, 2017, shows Rep. Won Yoo-chul, a five-term lawmaker of the ruling Saenuri Party, speaking during an event organized by the party's provincial chapter in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province. (Yonhap)

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