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Moon Jae-in declares presidential bid through YouTube, SNS

Moon Jae-in declares presidential bid through YouTube, SNS

Posted March. 25, 2017 07:11,   

Updated March. 25, 2017 07:17

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Moon Jae-in, former chairman of the main opposition Minjoo Party, officially declared his presidential bid on Friday. “I am taking the first step towards change of administrations by mobilizing all the wishes of the public, who envisions a completely new Republic of Korea,” Moon said. He substituted a ceremony for his candidacy announcement with the posting of a four-minute video entitled ‘Moon Jae-in’s declaration of candidacy with the public’ on YouTube and SNS channels.

“(Korea) should become a country where common sense prevails as common sense and right things should be right,” Moon said. “Korea should be a country where one can revive even after failure, and where people can live a life like genuine human beings until the last moment.”

“We have shed the concept in which we unilaterally transmit the candidate’s words through a large scale ceremony, and instead intended to convey the message that ‘Moon Jae-in is running for the presidency together with the people,” Moon’s election camp added.

The Minjoo Party’s election committee started in earnest a probe into a leak of the results of onsite vote in the party’s presidential primary held on Wednesday. The fact-finding subcommittee under the party’s election committee held an emergency meeting on Friday, called in a representative of Moon’s election camp, and secured evidence and testimonies in connection with the leak. The subcommittee also called in the six chairpersons of the party’s local chapters who publicized part of vote results on SNS, and questioned what had happened.

However, the fact-finding subcommittee is having hard times finding truth due to extensive leak of diverse data from vote counting. “We cannot identify the ordinary people who circulated the data on the Internet (except the six chairpersons of local chapters),” Yang Seung-jo, vice chairman of the party’s election committee, admitted on the day. As for a Microsoft Excel file compiling the numbers of votes that individual candidates garnered among the leaked data, Yang said, “The key is to confirm‎ their sources.”



Sang-Jun Han alwaysj@donga.com