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Moon Jae-In to Consider Running for National Assembly in Busan Next Year
By Lee Sang-Am, Staff Writer

Leader of South Korea's main opposition party is locked in a crisis over his confidence vote as the leader of the opposition camps in the nation.

Moon Jae-In, the chairman of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD), has been under increasing pressure to step down as its chairman from his party members as well as other oppositions camps.

Other opposition leaders also demand that Chairman Moon Jae-in must withdraw his promise not to run in the next general election, and must take responsibility for the loss in the previous presidential election and the debacle in recent bi-elections for selecting lawmakers.

Moon has been blamed for his defeat in the 18th South Korean presidential election held on Dec. 19, 2012.

He garnered only to 48 percent of the votes whereas his opponent, Park Geun-Hye, the current president, of the ruling Saenuri Party gained 51.6 percent.

On Sept. 24, 2015 Moon went on the air at a local internet radio station in Seoul and he said that he would consider accepting the proposal of reform committee and would consider running for general election in Busan.

If Moon accept the committee's proposal he would have to vie with the ruling party Chairman Kim Moo-Sung for National Assembly seat in the general election in April next year .

The reform committee within the opposition party has been asking Moon to grapple with Kim, the most powerful presidential hopeful of the ruling party, in order to earn his right to run for the next presidential election.

Moon Jae-in was born on Jan. 24, 1953. Moon is a South Korean politician and the opposition leader of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy party.

He was formerly a lawyer and the former chief of staff to late President Roh Moo-hyun.

In the 19th legislative election on April 11, 2012, Moon won a seat in the Sasang District of Busan.

On Sept. 16, 2012, Moon received the nomination for the Democratic United Party's candidate for the 2012 presidential election after winning a majority in the party primaries.
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