January 14, 2021 14:04
Na Kyung-won, a former lawmaker with the main opposition People Power Party, announced her candidacy for Seoul mayor on Wednesday.
The by-election for the city's top job, which has been vacant since the suicide of Mayor Park Won-soon, will be held on April 7. "In order to overcome serious crises... we need strong yet sensitive leadership," Na said in a press conference in Seoul.
She later told the Chosun Ilbo, "This year's by-election is significant because we need to fix things after the city government has been in wrong hands for the last 10 years, hold the reckless Moon Jae-in administration accountable and lay the foundation for an opposition victory in the 2022 presidential election."
Na called for a united opposition front and put herself forward as its candidate. "Even if I don't get selected, I will do my utmost for the opposition's victory," she said.
Former IT tycoon Ahn Cheol-soo earlier announced his bid on a centrist platform and looks unlikely to step aside for her.
The ruling Minjoo Party is fielding its own candidates, SMEs and Start-ups Minister Park Young-sun, four-term lawmaker Woo Sang-ho and others, in breach of an earlier promise not to contest by-elections where an incumbent from its ranks lost the post because of misconduct.
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