Ahn declares his defection from the NPAD
“I am leaving the New Politics Alliance for Democracy today,” Ahn said in a press Sunday morning. “I vow to create a political group that can win the next presidential election. In order to do make this happen, I will do everything I can.”
Ahn’s announcement comes after negotiations with current NPAD Chairman Moon Jae-in over electing a new leader failed. Korea’s main opposition party has been grappling with plummeting popularity for months in the lead-up to general elections in April.
“The opposition party failed to achieve a change in power and political renovation,” Ahn said. “Public welfare has not improved and the opposition party could not be prevented from falling into ‘the establishment.’”
The software mogul-turned-politician co-founded the NPAD in March 2014 along with Democratic Party leader Kim Han-gill.
“If this change cannot be done within the party, it should be brought by a strong shock from outside,” he said.
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