Chung Dong-young Defects from Main Opposition Party

      January 12, 2015 12:47

      Chung Dong-young

      Chung Dong-young, the 2007 presidential candidate for the main opposition, left the New Politics Alliance for Democracy on Sunday to join a group of people who are preparing to create a new party.

      The new party is expected to be further to the left than the NPAD but keep out outright pro-North Korean politicians.

      In a press conference on Sunday, Chung said, "The NPAD is currently under the illusion of maintaining a centrist position when it is actually swinging to the right. It's no longer a party for the middle class but for the upper middle class. I can't see any chance of winning the next presidential election with the NPAD, and I believe in the greater cause of rational progressive politics that the new group is striving for."

      The NPAD is unhappy to see a senior figure defect. "It's imprudent of him to leave the party especially when he was a key member," a senior NPAD figure said. "In the end, we're probably going to form an opposition coalition for next year's general election anyway. He’s just doing it to improve his negotiating position when we do."

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