By Choi Ha-young
Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will focus on broadening his support base for the time being without joining an existing party or creating a new one, a Ban supporter said Thursday.
"He intends to seek an alliance with people from a broad spectrum of society who support Ban's visions for this country," former Saenuri Party lawmaker Lee Sang-il, who plans to join Ban's envisioned campaign team, said in a radio interview.
"He is unlikely to join a party or create a new party in the near future. If he has to join a party, it will be either the People's Party or the Bareun Jeongdang Party, a breakway group from the ruling Saenuri Party."
Lee ruled out the possibility that Ban may join the Saenuri Party or the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK).
The DPK has lashed out at Ban, calling him an "opportunist" and "betrayer." Before the influence-peddling scandal involving President Park Geun-hye came to light, the rumor was rampant that Ban would be a candidate of the pro-Park faction of the Saenuri Party.
Lee said Ban will not create a new party either, pointing out "practical" difficulties.
"Ban's presidential bid will trigger a change of politics," Lee said.