Group Supporting UN Secretary-General Ban's Presidential Campaign Gets Off to Weak Start

Group Supporting UN Secretary-General Ban's Presidential Campaign Gets Off to Weak Start

SEOUL, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- An association of supporters of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was launched in Seoul on Thursday amid growing expectations that he may run in the presidential election next year.

The inaugural gathering of "Firefly" was attended by some 150 people, far less than expected, reflecting negative public sentiment toward the ruling Saenuri Party.

Ban is one of the most promising presidential hopefuls promoted by Saenuri members loyal to President Park Geun-hye rattled by an influence-peddling scandal involving a presidential pal.

Ban has been ahead of other conservative politicians in polls of potential candidates, even though he has not yet clarified his intention to run for president. His five-year term as U.N. chief ends on Dec. 31.'

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