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Party Seems Set To Horse-Trade On Race Track

Feb 12,2001
The ruling Millennium Democratic Party set out over the weekend to appease angry citizens of Kyongju, where the government recently canceled plans to build a potentially- lucrative horse-racing track.

In a three-day visit to North Kyongsang province, Kim Joong-kwon, chairman of the ruling party, promised to build a track midway between Taegu and Kyongju.

Kyongju Mayor Lee Won- sik resigned on Friday after the Cultural Properties Administration canceled the development project, saying it would interfere with two cultural sites.

Mr. Kim's visit is part of the ruling party's overall effort to woo voters in the Kyongsang provinces.

The region is a stronghold for the opposition Grand National Party.

In the 2000 general election, every electorate in the provinces was carried by the opposition party.

While visiting the area, Mr. Kim also said the government is studying plans to export 50 tons of apples grown in the region and creating an eco-friendly industrial zone in the northern part of North Kyongsang province.

by Lee Jung-min




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