The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 18, 2012
 

S. Korea's main opposition party chief quits

 
 

SEOUL (AFP) - The chairman of South Korea's main opposition party resigned on Sunday in an effort to pave the way for the nation's liberals to select a single candidate ahead of the Dec presidential poll.

Mr Lee Hae Chan quit along with several other top officials of the Democratic United Party (DUP) following calls for internal party reforms seen as necessary for the nation's two liberal presidential candidates to merge their campaigns.

Mr Moon Jae In, the party's own candidate, and Mr Ahn Cheol Soo, a popular software mogul running as an independent, have been in talks to select a single candidate to challenge the conservative front-runner Park Geun Hye.

The talks were, however, suspended last week after the Ahn camp accused Mr Moon of lacking sincerity for promised efforts for political reforms, including the removal of top DUP officials he says are responsible for past policy failures.