SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- Former Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon said Tuesday he will run in the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP)'s leadership election late this month, abandoning his earlier pledge to boycott the event.
Oh was among six candidates who announced last week that they would not register their candidacy Tuesday in protest of the conservative party's rejection of their demand to postpone the election slated for Feb. 27 at least by two weeks.
They called on the party to postpone the election to avoid a clash with the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to be held from Feb. 27-28 in Hanoi. The party reviewed a possible delay twice, but decided to hold the election as scheduled.
Oh is widely expected to compete against his main rival, Hwang Kyo-ahn, prime minister under President Park Geun-hye who was ousted over a corruption scandal.
"I've decided to run in the election to prevent the LKP from becoming a party that only caters to specific regions and ideologies, not a party that serves the people," Oh told a press briefing before registering his candidacy.
"I will (make efforts) to prevent the party's return to the past and lead the party toward the future," he added