Choe Jae-hyeong, a former judge who headed the Moon Jae-in administration’s state audit agency until a month ago, formally announced Wednesday he will run in the March 2022 presidential election as a candidate of the main opposition party.
Competition is heating up between Choe Jae-hyeong and Yoon Seok-youl, both former top officials of the Moon Jae-in administration who wish to score a victory with conservative voters in next year’s presidential election.
Kim Dong-yeon, President Moon Jae-in’s first finance minister, declared an independent presidential bid Monday, the third top official from the current administration to challenge the ruling party and its candidate.
Choe Jae-hyeong, the former chairman of the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI), joined the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) Thursday, another step in his bid to compete in next year’s presidential election.
Choe Jae-hyeong said Wednesday he's going into politics, nine days after resigning as head of the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI).
Some 200 people gathered at a rally calling for Choe Jae-hyeong, former head of the Board of Audit and Inspection, to run for president in front of the Seoul City Hall Monday afternoon.
The head of the nation's supreme audit institution on Monday refuted the ruling party's argument that public servants should be given leeway in implementing the president's campaign pledge.
Close associates of President Moon Jae-in received illegal monthly payments while serving in top posts of presidential advisory groups, the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) said Thursday.