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Special pardon for ex-president fuels speculation
The Moon Jae-in government's announcement, Friday, of a special pardon for Park Geun-hye, the former president currently serving a 22-year prison term for corruption, has raised various speculation over the timing and reasons for the decision. The President's decision to pardon Park was rather unexpected, as the Ministry of Justice had taken a negative stance on the matter an...
Lee seeks primary rival's support to pursue unity within ruling party
Lee Jae-myung, the presidential candidate of the ruling liberal Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), has formally joined hands with former DPK leader Lee Nak-yon, seeking to find a breakthrough in the competition for the next presidential election slated for March 9. Adding Lee Nak-yon, who had remained reclusive since his primary defeat, to the election campaign has been a major...
Yoon's leadership faces growing doubts
The leadership of Yoon Suk-yeol, the presidential candidate of main opposition People Power Party (PPP), is being called into question, following internal feuds of his election camp during which it is said he took the role of an onlooker rather than that of a mediator. The weeks-long conflicts between PPP leader Lee Jun-seok and some close aides to Yoon exploded on Monday, wh...
Egyptian guide offers tours in Korean
For many Korean tourists who have traveled in Egypt with Ezzeldin Elhassan Soliman, one of the most memorable parts of the trip may have been this Egyptian tour guide's fabulous Korean language skills. For this reporter who visited Egypt from late November to early December, there was an interesting moment when Ezzeldin was giving an explanation of an ancient drawing of a fla...
More Korean voters balk at choosing presidential candidates
With less than three months to go, the upcoming president election has become even more unpredictable as more Koreans are either delaying their decisions or withdrawing their earlier support for a preferred candidate following an onslaught of mudslinging by the two major parties. Amid the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, voters want to see more policy discussions focusing on how ...
Omicron breaking through booster shots
People wait in line to undergo a coronavirus test at a testing center at the World Cup Park in western Seoul, Sunday. The number of new COVID-19 cases here fell below 7,000 for the first time in five days with 6,236 being reported and bringing the cumulative total to 565,098, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). In addition, the country reporte...
Family scandals overshadow presidential election
The competition for Korea's next presidential election, slated for March 9, is being overshadowed by scandals surrounding the corruption or illegal acts of family members of the candidates of the country's two major parties. As so much attention is being paid to smear campaigns from both sides against each other, concerns are rising that discussions surrounding policy promise...
Minor opposition candidate meets acting US ambassador
Ahn Cheol-soo, left, the presidential candidate of the conservative minor People's Party, shakes hands with acting U.S. Ambassador to Korea Christopher Del Corso during the latter's call on him at the National Assembly in Seoul, Thursday. Corso also met with Sim Sang-jeung, the presidential candidate of the progressive minor Justice Party, later in the day. Joint Press Corps
Discussing workers' rights
Main opposition People Power Party presidential candidate Yoon Suk-yeol, right, receives a book on workers' rights from Kim Dong-myung, chairman of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU), during a policy conference at the FKTU headquarters on Yeouido, Seoul, Wednesday. Joint Press Corps
APPF adopts resolution on end-of-war declaration, inter-Korean parliamentary meeting
The Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) has adopted 13 new resolutions, including one titled “Peace on the Korean Peninsula,” to support South Korea's push for a declaration to officially end the 1950-53 Korean War and a peace accord, as well as its efforts to hold an inter-Korean parliamentary meeting. South Korea hosted the 29th annual meeting of the APPF, held virtuall...
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