Amid chairman Moon Jae-in’s continued efforts
to keep the embattled main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea together… one of its prominent
members, Park Jie-won… called it quits on Friday.
A total of 18 lawmakers have now left the Minjoo Party.
Ji Myung-kil updates us on the political exodus. Park Jie-won,… the former Chief of Staff
to late President Kim Dae-jung said he will work for cooperation between the People’s
Party led by Ahn Cheol-soo and the Minjoo Party,… without having any party affiliation. “I am temporarily leaving the party in order
to unite factions in the opposition bloc. Each leftist-party boasts of going in the
best direction. But we must not forget that our ultimate goal is to build one strong opposition
bloc and defeat the current administration by winning the upcoming elections.” Park said he will run as an independent if
the opposition bloc fails to unite ahead of April 13th general election.
Park, the de facto leader of a group of lawmakers who have their roots in Jeolla-do Province…
have been denouncing Minjoo Party chief Moon Jae-in for deepening factional strife between
loyalists of late President Roh Moo-hyun and those outside of that faction. Therefore, he said he is leaving the MPK temporarily
to unite the various leftist factions that have been created so far, in the opposition’s
home turf of Jeolla-do Province. “We need to at least unite the various factions
within Jeolla-do Province before the April general election. Then we must strive to form
a pan-liberal party in order to win the next presidential election.” Park’s move comes amid a surprise decision
on Thursday by one of his close associates,…MPK lawmaker and former acting chairwoman Park
Young-son… who will stay and concentrate on reinventing the Minjoo Party. “As different liberal factions rush to form
new parties… we will have to wait and see what the state of the opposition bloc is…come
April 13th. Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.”