Chong Wa Dae Believes ULD Adopts Campaign Strategy of Fanning Regionalism

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Chong Wa Dae Believes ULD Adopts Campaign Strategy of Fanning Regionalism


Chong Wa Dae believes that Kim Jong-pil's United Liberal Democrats (ULD) has adopted a campaign strategy which may jeopardize the coalition between the two governing parties and fan regional animosity.

A Chong Wa Dae secretary made the comment after the ULD held a rally to ``protect the Constitution.''

The official, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the ULD seeks to project an image that its leader Kim Jong-pil has been victimized by President Kim. With this martyred image, the ULD hopes to muster sympathy from voters in the central province of Chungchong, the power base of the former prime minister, he claimed.

In the past, it has been a rule rather than an exception, for political parties to abuse regional antipathy to get elected in their powerbases.

Four years ago, Kim Jong-pil and his followers swept parliamentary seats in the general election after then president Kim Young-sam broke the coalition and ousted JP.

The ULD continues to highlight their conspiracy theory which purports that President Kim, through collusion with what it calls radical progressive nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), wishes to damage and purge JP and his conservative followers.

By highlighting the conspiracy theory, which President Kim flatly denied, the ULD hopes to illustrate that they have been duped and will woo the votes of Chungchong citizens, the official said. The strategy is also intended to divert attention away from the blacklisted ULD members. …

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