Moon adds big-name liberals to campaign

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Moon adds big-name liberals to campaign

The Democratic United Party’s presidential candidate Moon Jae-in announced the nomination of 10 high-profile liberals as his camp managers, calling on civic activists, former student activists, a poet and a representative for the younger generation.

“Representative Moon intends to overhaul the politics and the society through this new election camp,” Woo Sang-ho, a DUP lawmaker who is in charge of overseeing Moon’s campaign, told reporters yesterday.

“Taking this as an opportunity, he expresses his will to bring change and reform to the DUP and Korean politics overall.”

The 59-year-old Moon has made efforts to distance himself from former president Roh Moo-hyun, who he served as a close aide, and embrace a wide range of liberals.

The camp, named “Ivy Camp,” consists of six DUP members and four outsiders.

Three of the DUP people include: Lee In-young, a 48-year-old lawmaker and a former student activist during the democratization protest in the 1980s who is promoting his relationship with the younger generation though social networking services; Lee Nak-yon, a fourth-term lawmaker in South Jeolla, a stronghold of the DUP, and a former spokesman of the late president Roh Moo-hyun; and Lee Hak-young, a former board director of the Roh Moo-hyun Foundation and a former camp manager for Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, who has a wide range of networks with civic activists.

For outsiders, Ahn Do-hyun, a renowned poet and a literature professor at Woosuk University, was chosen to boost relations with people working in the art and cultural sectors.

Kim Yeong-gyeong, a former chairwoman of the youth community union, was also nominated. The union is a local labor activists’ group for the younger generation that once protested against Pizza Hut’s 30-minute delivery system that killed a delivery boy. Je Yun-gyeong, the CEO of Edu Money, a business consulting company and a social enterprise, was also named.

Moon also launched a high-level advisory committee, where seven high-ranking DUP members such as former chairman Sohn Hak-kyu and the current floor leader Park Jie-won were named advisors.

By Kim Hee-jin [heejin@joongang.co.kr]

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