November 06, 2012 10:18
The two left-leaning candidates in the three-way presidential race have agreed to meet Tuesday to discuss the possibility of fielding a single candidate. Main opposition Democratic United Party candidate Moon Jae-in and independent candidate Ahn Cheol-soo will sit down on Tuesday evening behind closed doors to discuss whether one of them will run against ruling Saenuri Party hopeful Park Geun-hye.
The opposition camps are worried that Moon and Ahn could split the progressive vote, allowing Park to become president by default. The talks to field a single candidate come just 43 days before Koreans head to the voting booths.
Moon’s and Ahn’s top aides met Monday to discuss the agenda of Tuesday’s meeting. Officials on both sides say the two candidates will discuss a broad range of issues since the meeting takes place behind closed doors.
Speaking at a university in the southwestern city of Gwangju on Monday, Ahn said, “I believe we must be united to achieve political reforms. Moon and I share common values and philosophies, and I hope we can come to a consensus.
The two candidates will apparently speak to reporters briefly after their meeting to deliver a summary of what they agree. More talks are to follow on how exactly to pick the single candidate.
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