Opposition Parties Agree to Field Yoon Suk-yeol as Single Candidate

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    March 03, 2022 12:42

    The opposition People Power Party and People's Party have agreed at the last minute to field Yoon Suk-yeol as their single candidate in the March 9 presidential election.

    Yoon and PP chief Ahn Cheol-soo said in a joint press conference on Thursday morning the merger "will create a new political force."

    "We will achieve a change of government and prepare for a grand transformation for change and innovation," they added.

    Yoon pledged to "comply with Ahn's wishes" and "create a successful government of national unity." 

    Yoon Suk-yeol (left) of the People Power Party and Ahn Cheol-soo of People's Party pose after a press conference at the National Assembly in Seoul on Thursday.

    The deal came a day ahead of the start of early voting after earlier negotiations floundered, presumably because Ahn had not been offered sufficient concessions.

    Supposing Ahn's estimated five-percent support can be mopped up by Yoon, that gives the opposition a respectable lead over ruling Minjoo Party candidate Lee Jae-myung, who has been dogged by corruption probes and gaffes.

    "The two candidates met until after midnight after the final TV debate on Wednesday," a PPP official said.

    Yoon promised solidarity with Ahn's vision and added the hope that the two parties will eventually merge.  

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