April 25, 2013 11:05
Software tycoon Ahn Cheol-soo sailed through Wednesday's by-election to win a National Assembly seat representing the predominantly middle-class Nowon district in northern Seoul.
Ahn, who abandoned his presidential bid last year in favor of rival Moon Jae-in, is now widely expected to form his own party. Ahn won 60.4 percent of the votes in Wednesday's by-election, soundly defeating rival Huh Joon-young of the ruling Saenuri Party, who garnered 32.7 percent.
Ahn said his win is "not a personal victory, but a reflection of the hopes of the public for political reform." He pledged to remember the words of voters who urged him to engage in clean politics, care for the needy and end confrontational politics.
Ahn is expected to start gathering political allies to form his own power base in early May after meeting key officials in his electoral district.
Meanwhile, Kim Moo-sung of the ruling party won the by-election in Yeongdo, Busan, while Lee One-koo of the same party won in the Buyeo and Cheongyang constituency in South Chungcheong Province.
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