Maverick lawmaker Ahn Cheol-soo on Tuesday announced a blueprint for his new political party to be launched next month, offering a set of visions for the economy, welfare and politics.
Interest in Ahn has grown further since the independent lawmaker announced that he would establish a new party in March and field candidates for the nationwide local elections in June.
Recent surveys have shown that the new party could pose a challenge to the main opposition Democratic Party amid dwindling public support for the No. 1. opposition bloc.
Speaking at a meeting with the public, Kim Hyo-seuk, co-chairman of the new party's preparatory committee, laid out the details of the party's aims, with Ahn in attendance.
The new party, he said, would focus on building an economy centered on the livelihoods of the public, where people can secure stable jobs through a democratic market economy, seek happiness and maintain dignity, and work in a creative manner. That model would also include a peaceful Korean Peninsula.
The party's three core values would be a just society, social unity and a peaceful Korean Peninsula, Kim added.
He also outlined the new party's aim to build a strong welfare state that prioritizes humanitarian welfare for vulnerable and marginalized groups within society.
Ahn's trademark "new politics" campaign would focus on breaking old political practices for a new political model centered on building a new framework, using politics for the public's livelihoods, binding people together, keeping promises with the people, and laying down the vested interests of political entities.
Ahn, the founder of South Korea's largest antivirus software firm AhnLab, was elected to parliament last year after dropping out of the 2012 presidential race to back the then opposition candidate, Moon Jae-in. (Yonhap)