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Earlier this evening, Ahn withdrew from the 2012 campaign having campaigned on a platform of 'new politics' and then failed to come to an agreement with fellow left-wing candidate Moon Jae-in, despite weeks of meetings, which encompassed a huge number of issues including the type of surveys, pens and televisions that should be used in deciding which of them would be the unified candidate to stand against the right's Park Geun-hye.
The so-called 'new politics of old indecisions' eventually became so frustrating after a televised debate earlier this week that a campaign was launched to choose the moderator of the debate rather than either candidate, and one supporter committed suicide this morning in the hope candidates would respect his dying wish for their negotiations to reach a conclusion. Ahn's withdrawal now leaves the election as a straight fight between Park and Moon, with the moderator as a possible third candidate.
Ahn, whose one clear campaign pledge was to refused to join any Moon government, said it was too early to decide on running for president in 2017, but that he would probably write a book about it before making a decision. It is not clear if Ahn's platform can still be one of 'new politics' in five year's time, or whether he will have to change it to 'old politics'.
Shares in AhnLab, the company Ahn founded in 1995, are expected to fall heavily when the financial markets open on Monday morning.
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