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Growing woes of non-mainstream faction in NPAD

Posted December. 27, 2014 01:52,   


Non-mainstream faction of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy has growing woes in an attempt to hold in check ‘Big 3’ (Rep. Moon Jae-in, Park Jie-won and Chung Sey-kyun) candidates for the National Convention slated on Feb. 8, 2015. It is because the fringe faction does not have any special candidate to check those hopefuls of the party mainstream, instead of former lawmaker Kim boo-kyeom, who announced he would not be standing. Even worse, the party minority group has little momentum to put pressure on other promising candidates to run for election.

Former Chairman Kim Han-gil of the opposition party, who now leads the non-mainstream group (group that does not support the late President Roh Moo-hyun), is known to think that the fringe group must select Rep. Park Young-seon, who stepped down from the party floor leader, as a single candidate representing the faction.

The former chairman told the Dong-A Ilbo in a telephone conversation on Thursday, “I’ve talked with Rep. Park about non-candidacy of Kim (Boo-kyeom). But I have not been able to ask Park to stand for election.” Such hesitation can be attributable to the strong veto power against Park formed when she caused a stir by ‘trying to defect from the party’ amid growing internal conflict around the Sewol Special Act (a special bill to address deadly sunken ferry Sewol issue) when she headed the party’s emergency committee.