October 06, 2011 13:46
The Liberty Forward Party on Wednesday decided not to put forward a candidate for the Seoul mayoral by-election on Oct. 26, revealing rifts in the hard-right splinter party. Former LFP spokesman Ji Sang-wook, one of the closest aides to party founder Lee Hoi-chang, declared his intention to run for mayor on Sept. 28, and Lee expressed support for Ji in a radio show on Wednesday.
But current party leader Byeon Woong-jeon said, "Ji's remark about his plans for one single conservative candidate for the by-election was highly inappropriate." The party leadership apparently feels Ji made the party look like a mere backup organization for the ruling Grand National Party, from which it split ahead of the last presidential election.
One key LFP official said, "Many lawmakers are against the idea of forming a conservative coalition. Ji said, "I cannot press on with my candidacy, but I won't condone the outdated ideas that some leaders still seem to hold."
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