Opposition Fails to Agree on Single Presidential Candidate

  • By Kim Seung-jae

    February 21, 2022 13:32

    The opposition has failed to agree on a single presidential candidate who could unite fractured supporters or undecided voters behind him.

    People's Party candidate Ahn Cheol-soo on Sunday withdrew his offer to main opposition People Power Party candidate Yoon Suk-yeol to field a single candidate for the March election after talking with Yoon on the phone.

    Ahn Cheol-soo of People’s Party speaks at a press conference at the National Assembly on Sunday. /Yonhap

    "I will go my own way from now on," Ahn told reporters at the National Assembly. "I will cease unnecessary and exhausting negotiations on fielding a single candidate and focus on discussions for the future."

    But the PPP hinted that the negotiations can continue and urged Ahn to work together for regime change. The two sides fell out over the method of choosing the single candidate.

    The ruling Minjoo Party swiftly jumped in to tell Ahn it is willing to form a coalition government.

    Ahn said, "I gave candidate Yoon one week out of the three-week campaign to think about it. I clearly state that the responsibility for failing to field a single candidate rests with the main opposition party and Yoon."

    Ahn proposed on Feb. 13 choosing a single opposition candidate in a public opinion poll, but Yoon wanted to choose one through negotiations.

    "The political custom, in my view, would have been for Yoon to respond directly to my proposal, but I didn't get a serious answer from him."  

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