Ahn’s party to establish new name at gathering

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Ahn’s party to establish new name at gathering

The new party of independent lawmaker Ahn Cheol-soo will be called the New Political Vision Party, a preparatory committee for the party announced yesterday.

The name is the result of a public survey that the committee conducted to choose its official title. It will be formally embraced today at a meeting where members and supporters of the new party will gather to lay the foundation for the organization. The leaders of Ahn’s political circle will also announce the rules and principles of the new party during the event.

The New Political Vision Party is scheduled to be launched in March.

“We chose the name because the term ‘new politics’ is well recognized by the people [as a core vision of the party],” said Keum Tae-sup, the spokesman for the New Politics Promotion Committee.

Ahn often mentioned that his party would bring about a new type of politics, which would be a clear departure from conventional politics entrenched in vested interests and corruption.

“The name also signals that the party will put the right and the left together,” the spokesman added.

Ahn’s political committee chose to present that idea in its Korean name by using the Korean word yeonhap for “alliance” instead of dang, the Korean word for “party.” In English, they chose to keep the term “party” in the title.

The committee said that more than 5,000 proposals were submitted over the course of the survey.

The professor turned politician geared up to form his new party ahead of the local elections in June. Ahn declared that he will field party members for each district in the election, including in the Seoul mayoral race.

Earlier this month, Ahn’s political group also announced policy directives on various issues. Under policy guidelines, Ahn’s committee defined three major principles for his “new politics,” which include “a just society” free of discrimination where fair business practices are ensured; “social integration,” where there are no regional, ideological and generational conflicts; and “peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

BY PARK EUN-JEE [ejpark@joongang.co.kr]

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