June 02, 2006 10:56
Former prime minister Goh Kun has decided to contest the next presidential election on the ticket of a centrist coalition, sources said Thursday. The quasi-party could also emerge as a major player in any broader ruling coalition that is being discussed after the ruling Uri Party’s crushing defeat in Wednesday’s local elections.
Goh, who is seen as a man of the middle, vowed to play “a leading role in bringing those who seek centrist reform and political pragmatism together.” He told the source recently he intended to unite these centrist forces by establishing a national coalition.
A likely name is The National Coalition of Hope. Goh is likely to announce his candidacy for the presidential race next year at an event to launch the coalition, the source said. But the former PM is reportedly adamant that it is not a new political party but rather a public movement led by non-politicians like experts in different areas.
Goh says the coalition will work with centrists from whatever party. Goh is said to have had a series of meetings with politicians from the Uri Party, the Millennium Democratic Party and others to discuss the coalition. He is said to be planning further meetings with influential politicians both from the ruling and opposition parties including the Uri Party’s Kim Geun-tae.
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