Retired UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon returned to South Korea Thursday as momentum builds around his possible run in elections to succeed impeached President Park Geun-Hye, informs Yahoo News.
Speaking before a crowd of hundreds at Incheon International Airport, Ban said he was prepared to meet with the public this week before making a "selfless decision".
Ban's return comes at a time of national uncertainty with tens of thousands of people marching in weekly protests demanding the permanent removal of scandal-hit Park, who was impeached by parliament last month over a corruption scandal.
If the Constitutional Court upholds the parliamentary vote, Park will be permanently removed and elections held within 60 days.
A career diplomat, Ban never joined any South Korean political party, although he served as foreign minister under the late liberal president Roh Moo-Hyun from 2004 to 2006.
It remains unclear whether Ban will join Park's ruling Saenuri Party or the emerging conservative party.
The former UN secretary general has a 20.3 percent approval rating according to a poll released Thursday.
Further troubling his political aspirations, Ban's younger brother and nephew were indicted in a US court this week over an alleged attempt to bribe a Middle Eastern official regarding the sale of a building in Vietnam.
However Ban has denied any involvement, saying he was "perplexed and embarrassed" by the situation.