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Merger has no link to 2022 poll: Ahn
Ahn Cheol-soo, chairman of the minor liberal People's Party, Tuesday, denied speculation that his push for a merger with the minor conservative Bareun Party is linked to his possible bid for the 2022 presidential election. In a radio interview, Ahn, who ran in the past election as the People’s Party candidate, emphasized that a merger with the Bareun Party is for “survival” o...
LKP chief cleared of bribery charge
Liberty Korea Party (LKP) Chairman Hong Joon-pyo was acquitted on bribery charges by the country's top court Friday, clearing the way for him to consolidate his leadership of the largest opposition party. The Supreme Court upheld a lower court verdict, which found Hong not guilty, saying the testimony against him was “vague” and “inconsistent.”
Bareun Party leader ready to negotiate merger with People's Party
Bareun Party Chairman Rep. Yoo Seong-min on Thursday welcomed People's Party Chairman Ahn Cheol-soo's decision a day earlier to put to a party-wide vote whether to merge the two parties. Yoo said he will set up a team for negotiations with the People’s Party on the proposed merger.
Mayor positive about North Korea Olympic participation
Gwangmyeong Mayor Yang Ki-dae, who recently met North Korean sports officials in Kunming, China, as part of an inter-Korean civic exchange program, said Thursday he is positive about the North's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Ahn Cheol-soo proposes vote on merger with Bareun Party
People's Party Chairman Ahn Cheol-soo on Wednesday proposed a vote by all party members on whether to merge the minor center-left party with the minor conservative Bareun Party, an issue that has been at the center of a simmering factional feud. A rival faction that has opposed Ahn's idea of unifying with the Bareun Party blasted his proposal, calling it a “declaration of war...
[INTERVIEW] Film director wants to find truths behind massacres
In 2013, film director Gu Ja-hywan recalled the forgotten deaths of those who were killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, in his documentary film “Red Tomb.” Four years later, Gu is back with his new movie “Haewon,” as a follow-up. The word Haewon means resolving victims' deep sorrow. While Red Tomb focused on massacres which took place in the southern Gyeongsang area, where G...
Opposition politicizes Im's UAE visit
Opposition parties are raising political offensives over a senior presidential aide's recent visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The largest opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) called the National Assembly’s House Steering Committee to receive a briefing on the visit by Im Jong-seok, President Moon Jae-in’s chief of staff, from Dec. 9 to 12. The LKP believes Im’s visit ...
Fates of Hong, LKP hinge on Friday's verdict
The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on a bribery case involving main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) Chairman Hong Joon-pyo, Friday. Hong has been on trial for allegedly taking 100 million won ($92,000) from a late businessman and politician Sung Wan-jong. The allegation has been the conservative leader’s sticking point.
Former nuclear negotiator stresses talks with N. Korea
Robert Gallucci, the chief negotiator during the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, called for dialogue with the North to make a breakthrough in the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, during his speech at Seoul’s National Assembly, Monday. Gallucci, chairman of the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., reiterated t...
[INTERVIEW] New KOICA chief vows to redesign int'l aid
Lee Mi-kyung was one of the female activists devoted to developing women's studies in the 1970s and 80s, sponsored by official development assistance (ODA) given through a German organization, the Protestant Association for Cooperation in Development. Back in the days of authoritarianism, she and her colleagues learned women's studies are intrinsically “action-oriented,” whic...