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Kim Jong-in’s withdrawal from the presidential race

Posted April. 13, 2017 07:21,   

Updated April. 13, 2017 07:28


Kim Jong-in, former interim leader of the Minjoo Party who defected the party, has withdrawn on Wednesday his presidential bid in just seven days after the announcement. In other words, the possibility of unification among influential political leaders, dubbed the “third zone,” seems no more valid.

“I am stopping my presidential race as of today through which I have made my commitment to overcome the national risk on the foundation of unity government,” Kim said in his withdrawal statement. ”Koreans are calling for combining everyone’s efforts except for the few who should be accountable for ruling the nation via its hegemonic view. It is fortunate to see the public opinion being shaped by this belief.”

Kim’s withdrawal is largely attributable to the fact that the race is becoming a neck-and-neck game between Moon Jae-in of the Minjoo Party and Ahn Cheol-soo of the People’s Party. To put it another way, Kim is satisfied after putting a brake on Moon’s commanding lead in the race. However, Kim is not likely to show his direct support for Ahn.

It has been reported that former Prime Minister Chung Un-chan is also considering not declaring for the race. Instead, he plans to form political solidarity with intent to pursue shared growth. Chung has originally sought to form solidarity with his colleagues not supporting Moon in the name of unity government. Unfortunately, the momentum has rapidly disappeared after a meeting to announce their agreement, which was scheduled on April 2, was cancelled.

Su-Young Hong gaea@donga.com