Ahn Cheol-soo Gathers Signatures to Oust Park

  • By Choi Seung-hyun

    November 11, 2016 12:43

    People's Party leader Ahn Cheol-soo took to the streets on Thursday to gather signatures for a petition to oust President Park Geun-hye.

    Ahn, a former software tycoon who is popular with younger people, collected signatures in the trendy surroundings of Hongik University in northwestern Seoul with other members of his party and passed out fliers criticizing Park.

    Ahn started collecting signatures on Nov. 4, when the president delivered a second public apology.

    People's Party leader Ahn Cheol-soo (left) shake hands with a citizen near Hongik University subway station in Seoul on Thursday.

    "The fastest way of dealing with this impasse is taking Park down and putting up a new leader," Ahn told reporters.

    Park has been facing mounting public pressure to step down after revelations that her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil, who has no official post, had a finger in many government pies and shamelessly used her connection to extort corporate moneys.

    Ahn claimed even U.S. president-elect Donald Trump does not acknowledge Park as Korea’s leader and urged her to step down so that a new leader accepted by the public can start talks with Trump.

    Asked to comment on the basis of his claim, Ahn remained silent but added he does not believe a summit will be possible between Trump and Park and said their phone conversation Thursday "makes no difference."

    The People's Party in a meeting on Thursday afternoon embraced the drive to oust Park and pledged to participate in a protest rally in downtown Seoul on Saturday.

    The party as a whole had previously been more cautious on the question whether it makes sense to oust Park at this late stage in her tenure and seek a snap election.

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