Moon Jae-in Draws Clear Line Between Himself and Ban Ki-moon

Moon Jae-in Draws Clear Line Between Himself and Ban Ki-moon

SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Yonhap) -- Former opposition leader Moon Jae-in claimed Monday that he is a "better" candidate than U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, with a latest opinion poll indicating that Ban is enjoying a slight lead.

   "The public is demanding the building of a new country by overcoming outdated irregularities. I am better (compared with Ban) in terms of pushing for change," Moon said. "Ban is great that he is the first U.N. secretary-general from South Korea. He will be a legend."

   Ban has never formally said he will run in the presidential race, but he has started hinting strongly of his intention to do so recently as his term in office at the U.N. ends this month.

   The former head of the Democratic Party also said although the latest crisis of President Park Geun-hye and the split of the ruling Saenuri Party seem to favor him, the opposition bloc must continue to fight against the cartel of conglomerates, media and other privileged institutions.

   In a survey by Real Meter, Ban garnered an approval rating of 23.3 percent last week, up 2.8 percentage points on-week. He was virtually neck and neck with Moon, who earned 23.1 percent, down 0.6 percentage point.

   "I am prepared for the election. I am more prepared than anybody," Moon said.

   Concerning the splinter People's Party, Moon said he wishes to seek cooperation, although they seem to be competing for the top elected post.

   Moon said he hopes the Constitutional Court will deliver the ruling on Park's impeachment by early March. South Korea has 60 days to hold the presidential election once Park's ouster is finalized.

   "As we need to minimize the chaos in state affairs, we must hurry," Moon said. 

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