Ban back in S. Korea, hints at presidential bid
he’ll seek diverse opinions about his return to South Korean politics. “Based on my talks with people, I will make a decision that will be free from selfish motives. That decision won’t take long,” he said.
Election in December
Opinion polls show Ban is one of the favorites to succeed Park. The Constitutional Court is currently determining whether to formally end Park’s rule and hold a new election.
The opposition-controlled Parliament impeached Park last month over her alleged role in an explosive corruption scandal. South Korea is originally scheduled to hold a presidential election in December.
Ban’s main potential rival is Moon Jae-in, a former lead- er of the largest opposition Democratic Party who lost the 2012 presidential election to Park. A survey released this week by Realmeter showed Moon had a 27.9 percent approval rating compared to Ban’s 20.3 percent. The survey of 1,511 respondents had a margin of error of 2.5 points.
Many South Koreans have taken great pride in him because they think Ban’s UN job represents their country’s rise in the international arena.
Meanwhile, two relatives of Ban were charged in the United States in an indictment unsealed on Tuesday with plotting to bribe a Middle East official to influence the $800 million sale of a building complex in Vietnam.
Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon kisses a boy upon his arrival at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, on Thursday.