(EDITORIAL from the Korea Times on Jan. 23)
Third party in Korea
Ahn needs to present clear vision, policy alternatives
A tempest in a teacup, or a typhoon?
As independent lawmaker Ahn Cheol-soo is gearing up to create a new political party, his experiment is drawing keen attention. The first-term lawmaker told reporters in Jeju Tuesday that he would launch his own party in March and field candidates for all 17 municipal and gubernatorial posts up for grabs in the June 4 local elections.
Accusing the existing parties of engaging in the politics of hatred and exclusion, Ahn pledged that his party will look to the future and seek national integration. He stressed the need to make a new paradigm for the era, saying those who achieved the country’s democratization and industrialization should go hand in hand.