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Park Geun-hye’s Aide against Lee Hoi-chang Running for President

Park Geun-hye’s Aide against Lee Hoi-chang Running for President

Posted November. 03, 2007 09:09,   


The former chief organizing director and lawmaker Kim Mu-seong on Friday said that he is against former Grand National Party chief Lee Hoi-chang running for president. Kim said in a phone interview, “It is critical that we take over Cheong Wa Dae in order to put an end to the leftist administration of the past decade.”

When asked about a possible alliance between Park Geun-hye and Lee Hoi-chang, he said, “Since Park accepted the result of the primary, she will abide by rules of our democracy. For the time being, there will be no alliance between the two.” However, he also said, “Politics, by nature, is ‘alive,’ so we cannot rule out any possibility.”

Thirty-nine newly elected lawmakers of the GNP held a press conference in the National Assembly building and issued an announcement urging Lee not to run for president. About 150 officials of the party, too, issued a similar announcement.

Meanwhile, Lee, on his way out of his home in Seobinggo-dong, Seoul, said, “I have nothing to say yet. I will tell you when the time comes,” when reporters asked him when he will reveal his intentions.

Lee Heung-ju, an aide to former GNP chairman Lee Hoi-chang, said when asked by GNP secretary general Lee Bang-ho about whereabouts of the remainder of the 2002 presidential election funds that, “Lee made public apologies several times and was investigated by prosecutors voluntarily, so this will not be a stumbling block for him. When he runs for president, he will explain the funds to the public in a clear fashion.”

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