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People's Party To Reveal Presidential Candidate Next Month

By March 15, 2017 at 1:37 am
People's Party will be revealing their presidential pick next month (Photo : Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

People's Party, the third-largest in the country, has announced on Monday that it will be revealing who will be its presidential election candidate next month. The decision will be confirmed by Apr. 5.

It was reported that President Park Geun-Hye has officially been ousted. According to The Constitution, the election must happen within 60 days after the previous president has left his or her post.

Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn will be guiding the election. The deadline for the national vote will be on May 9.

There are speculations that it will happen exactly on May 9. It has been deemed as a "Cherry Blossom Election."

Presidential candidates will have 23 days to campaign. Parties will have 37 days to finalize their respective candidates.

Rep. Ahn Cheol-soo, the founder of the People's Party, has already filed for candidacy on Monday. Other possible candidates include Sohn Hak-kyu, Chun Jung-bae, and Park Joo-sun. They are expected to join the race very soon.

The People's Party was said to have faced difficulty in fixing the primary schedule because of disputes over primary roles among the members. They did agree, though, that the candidate for the presidential election would be chosen by Apr. 5.

The presidential pick of the People's Party will have to pass a series of elections in the organization. The members will be electing its candidate through seven votes starting Mar. 25 in South Jeolla Province.

A poll conducted on Sunday has shown that Moon Jae-in, former head of the Democratic Party, is the most favored presidential hopeful by South Koreans. The survey was done by Korea Research Center and was commissioned by Yonhap News Agency as well as KBS.

Moon garnered an approval rating of 29.9 percent. Fellow Democratic Party member South Chungcheong Gov. An Hee-Jung came in second place with 17 percent. People Party's An Cheol-soo got 8.4 percent, just a little bit lower than Seongnam Mayor Lee Jae-Myung of the Democratic Party, who had 9 percent.

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