Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in a televised press conference Thursday that South Korea should achieve a grand unity, vowing to devote himself to uniting the country. (Xinhuanet file photo)
SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in a televised press conference Thursday that South Korea should achieve a grand unity, vowing to devote himself to uniting the country.
Ban arrived in his home country after ending his second, five-year term in the top UN post late last year.
He has been long viewed as the most powerful contender of the conservative bloc in the next presidential race as President Park Geun-hye was impeached a month earlier and her Saenuri Party saw a drop in public support.
Local media outlets have speculated that Ban actually unveiled his willingness to run for presidency though he has never officially declared his candidacy.
Ban said his country should end various internal divisions, including wealth inequality and conflicts in ideologies, regions and generations, stressing the grand unity must be achieved.
The former South Korean diplomat reiterated his pledge to devote himself to South Korea, saying that public wish disclosed in the square must be cherished.
SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Former United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon, who is scheduled to return to South Korea, his home country, later Thursday, has kept his second place in presidential polls for two weeks, a survey showed.
Support for Ban, whose second, five-year term as the UN head ended late last year, was 20.3 percent this week, according to a poll of 1,511 voters conducted by local pollster Realmeter between Monday and Wednesday. Full Story