Minor presidential candidate Ahn rejects possible alliance with ruling party’s Lee
SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) – Minor opposition People’s Party presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo on Monday rejected a possible alliance with ruling Democratic Party (DP) presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung, saying he ‘he wasn’t interested in anyone’s offer.
Ahn rejected the opinion of DP chairman Song Young-gil that he could “fit in” with Lee. Song said earlier in an interview with the Yonhap News Agency that Ahn is essential for national development and is the most significant candidate in the opposition bloc.
“Song’s remark shows that they recognize the limit of the DP candidate and people know this is a politically motivated electoral reshuffle movement to cover that up,” Ahn wrote on his Facebook page. “I will go my way for the future of the country and a better change of government.”
Ahn then asked Song if his remarks represented Lee and the DP’s official position. He also wanted answers from the DP chairman if he agrees to punish the current government of Moon Jae-in and seek better regime change, as well as legislation on the Special Council’s investigation into the scandals surrounding Lee and Yoon Suk-yeol of the main opposition People Power Party. .
Ahn, a former doctor and software entrepreneur, is in his third presidential race. In 2012, he retired from the presidential race less than a month before the poll, supporting Moon Jae-in, then a candidate for the main opposition party.
The 59-year-old ran again in the 2017 election and finished third with 21.41% of the vote.
In a latest poll by Realmeter, Ahn was third with 5.6% support behind two major candidates, Yoon and Lee.