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Opposition party revives nominations for local election candidates

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) announced Thursday it will field candidates for lower-level administration chiefs and councilors in the June local elections, reversing its earlier pledge to abolish the nomination system. The move is expected to have serious repercussions for the party's leadership, especially co-leader Ahn Cheol-soo, as it is seen as a retreat from their earlier vows to keep the no-nomination promise made to the people during the 2012 presidential campaign.

Opposition party revives nominations for local election candidates

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) announced Thursday it will field candidates for lower-level administration chiefs and councilors in the June local elections, reversing its earlier pledge to abolish the nomination system. The move is expected to have serious repercussions for the party's leadership, especially co-leader Ahn Cheol-soo, as it is seen as a retreat from their earlier vows to keep the no-nomination promise made to the people during the 2012 presidential campaign.

Opposition party revives nominations for local election candidates

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) announced Thursday it will field candidates for lower-level administration chiefs and councilors in the June local elections, reversing its earlier pledge to abolish the nomination system. The move is expected to have serious repercussions for the party's leadership, especially co-leader Ahn Cheol-soo, as it is seen as a retreat from their earlier vows to keep the no-nomination promise made to the people during the 2012 presidential campaign.

China warns U.S. not to meddle in Hong Kong over democratic reform

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China has cautioned the United States not to interfere in Hong Kong affairs after Vice President Joseph Biden met two prominent pro-democracy advocates who have warned of Beijing's tightening control of the territory, state news agency Xinhua said. A former British colony that reverted to Chinese rule in 1997, Hong Kong enjoys considerable autonomy and broad freedoms as a capitalist hub.

Opposition coalition initiates official groundwork for new party

SEOUL, March 16 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) and maverick lawmaker Ahn Cheol-soo on Sunday began formal groundwork for a new coalition party to be launched later this month to challenge the ruling camp in the upcoming local elections and ultimately in the next presidential race. Some 330 members each from the DP and Ahn's party-in-the-making "New Political Vision Party" convened for the first official meeting to discuss guidelines for the party's launch scheduled for March 26.

Opposition coalition initiates official groundwork for new party

SEOUL, March 16 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) and maverick lawmaker Ahn Cheol-soo on Sunday began formal groundwork for a new coalition party to be launched later this month to challenge the ruling camp in the upcoming local elections and ultimately in the next presidential race. A total of 679 members from the DP and Ahn's party-in-the-making, called the "New Political Vision Party," convened for the first official meeting to discuss guidelines for the party's launch, scheduled for March 26.

Democrats seek ways to limit Obamacare fallout after Florida defeat

By Steve Holland and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his Democrats face the challenge of limiting fallout from Obamacare and drumming up voter enthusiasm in the November congressional elections, problem areas exposed by the loss of a Florida candidate who had led in the polls.

Indonesia ex-minister faces graft charges

Indonesian court charged Monday a former sports and youth minister in a multimillion-dollar graft case, one of several which hit the president's party ahead of upcoming elections next month. Andi Mallarangeng, 50 was charged with abusing power to enrich himself and others in the construction of a sports centre in West Java province, worth around 2.5 trillion rupiah ($220 million), one of prosecutors Supardi told the anti-graft court in Jakarta capital.

Parties demand public officials' neutrality in elections

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- Rival political parties called for strict political neutrality from public officials on Monday following allegations that a presidential secretary intervened in nominations for upcoming local elections. The calls come after Lim Jong-hoon, the presidential secretary for civil petitions, resigned Saturday over allegations that he interviewed more than a dozen councilor hopefuls from an electoral district in his hometown of Suwon, just south of Seoul, last month.

Rising star among California Democrats takes stage

By Sharon Bernstein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris sought to engage and energize fellow Democrats on Saturday and warned them not to become complacent with their domination of state politics. A rising star widely expected to seek higher office, Harris, 49, urged Democrats to "stay awake" at her party's annual convention in Los Angeles, drawing a standing ovation as she urged attention to civil rights issues and consumer protection.
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