Ahn Chul-Soo Drops Out of the Presidential Race

Independent Candidate Exits South Korea Presidential Race

If Mr. Ahn is truly determined to change the rotten state of Korean politics, I hope he recharges his batteries, forms a new party based on the principles of real political reformation, and runs again in 2017 as the leader of that party. The first thing that needs to change in the culture of Korean politics is the reliance on the cult of personality that started with Park Chung-Hee and is now continuing with his daughter. Mr. Ahn’s decision to jump into the race as an independent candidate didn’t help and in fact exacerbated it. There are millions of people who still believe in what Mr. Ahn represented, so he won’t be lacking in support if he forms his own party. I hope he still believes too. 

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