Movement for Reformative Party Starts

    July 07, 2003 18:35

    A clutch of politicians, lawyers, scholars and activists has formed a new political group that they plan to convert into a political party by November. The New Reformative Alliance Party held a founding ceremony at the Press Center on Monday afternoon, appointing as their three co-chairmen Cho Sung-rae, a lawyer, Park Myung-gwang, a professor at Kyung Hee University, and Cho Sung-woo, chairman of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation.

    Cho Sung-rae said that the alliance would become a new political party by the end of November by absorbing the "new faction" withing the Millennium Democratic Party and defectors from the main opposition Grand National Party. He said the group hoped to have 100,000 members on its rolls by next month, and begin a regional people’s participation movement.

    The leader of the Millennium Democratic Party, Chyung Dai-chul, touched on the issue of a new party recently during a meeting with fellow party members, saying that the MDP's next convention would bring the issue to a close. Chyung said an earnest effort to mediate between the "new" and "old" factions within the party must be made, and that if nothing was settled by the end of this month, a national convention would be held in August.

    Earlier, five Grand National lawmakers, Lee Bu-young, Lee Woo-jae, Kim Boo-kyum, Ahn Young-keun and Kim Young-choon, defected from their party and said that they would create a negotiating body by Aug. 20 - implying that they are on the lookout for a union with the MDP’s advocates for a new party.

    The GNP gained a seat back, though, when Song Kwang-ho joined the party after having left the United Liberal Democrats last month. The changes lowered the GNP's seat count in the National Assembly to 149.
    (Kim Chang-gyun,
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