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Opposition leader urges Park to accept talks proposal

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- A co-chief of the main opposition party made a surprise visit to the presidential office on Friday, demanding President Park Geun-hye accept his proposal for talks on pending political issues, including a controversial nomination system for local election candidates. Ahn Cheol-soo, one of two co-leaders of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD), proposed the talks on Sunday amid a growing dispute within his party over whether to field candidates for lower-level administration chiefs and councilors in the June 4 local elections.

(News Focus) Opposition bloc's coalition party shakes up political landscape

SEOUL, March 2 (Yonhap) -- Many political watchers expected the opposition bloc to face an uphill battle ahead of the nationwide local elections in June, but few could have predicted that the solution would be another new party, especially one that combines the largest opposition party with the emerging party of a popular independent.

Ahn bristles at DP criticism over his plan to form own party

SEOUL/GWANGJU, Dec. 26 (Yonhap) -- Rep. Ahn Cheol-soo, a star independent trying to form a party of his own, bristled strongly at criticism of his party plans from the main opposition Democratic Party, gearing up a battle to be a leading opposition group ahead of next year's local elections.

Ahn considering not fielding candidates in next month's by-elections

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Yonhap) -- Rep. Ahn Cheol-soo, a software entrepreneur-turned-lawmaker who has been considering launching a political party of his own, said Sunday that he will not field candidates in next month's parliamentary by-elections if only two or three seats are up for grabs. It has not been determined yet how many National Assembly seats will be at stake in the Oct. 30 by-elections. Ahn said he has little resources to field candidates if the upcoming elections carry little political meaning with a couple of seats up for grabs.

S.Korean software mogul wins parliamentary seat

Popular South Korean software mogul and former presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-Soo has finally won elected office with a thumping by-election victory in Seoul. Running as a liberal independent, Ahn won 60.5 percent of the vote against 32.8 percent for his ruling party rival in Wednesday's ballot for a northeastern district of the capital. "Please watch my new start," Ahn said in a statement after his victory. The 51-year-old had made "new politics" the buzzword of his independent campaign which enlivened last year's presidential election.

S. Korea software mogul makes election debut

South Korean software mogul Ahn Cheol-Soo, whose independent candidacy enlivened last year's presidential campaign, made his ballot-box debut Wednesday as polls opened in a Seoul by-election. Ahn, 51, ran as an independent candidate championing political and economic reform in the presidential race but dropped out just weeks before the December 19 vote to support the main opposition party candidate. Hugely popular among younger voters, his decision to withdraw disappointed many seeking an alternative to the old liberal-conservative face-off between the established parties.

Ahn Cheol-soo not planning on joining opposition party

Former software mogul and presidential contender Ahn Cheol-soo, who is running for a parliamentary seat in this month's by-elections, said Wednesday he has no plans to join the main opposition Democratic United Party (DUP) despite reports that he is considering the move."I've never talked about joining a political party, and am not considering it at the moment," Ahn said on a local radio program.

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SEOUL, March 25 (Yonhap) -- Just as Ahn Cheol-soo did for the opposition presidential contender, the main opposition Democratic United Party (DUP) has decided not to nominate a candidate to run for a Seoul district during the April by-election to help Ahn by consolidating opposition votes, officials said Monday. Ahn, who founded South Korea's largest anti-virus software firm AhnLab, enjoyed immense popularity among young liberal voters ahead of the December presidential election, posing a serious challenge to the ruling and opposition party contenders.

Ahn Cheol-soo-return

SEOUL/SAN FRANCISCO, March 11 (Yonhap) -- Ahn Cheol-soo, a South Korean software mogul who dropped out of last year's presidential race to support an opposition candidate, was to arrive home from a months-long overseas trip later Monday to run for a parliamentary seat in next month's by-election. Ahn, who founded South Korea's largest anti-virus software firm AhnLab, enjoyed immense popularity among young liberal voters ahead of the December presidential election, posing a serious challenge to the ruling and opposition party contenders.

Ahn Cheol-soo-return

SEOUL/SAN FRANCISCO, March 11 (Yonhap) -- Ahn Cheol-soo, a South Korean software mogul who dropped out of last year's presidential race to support an opposition candidate, arrived home from a nearly two-month overseas trip Monday to run for a parliamentary seat in next month's by-election. Ahn, who founded South Korea's largest anti-virus software firm AhnLab, enjoyed immense popularity among young liberal voters ahead of the December presidential election, posing a serious challenge to the ruling and opposition party contenders.
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