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Yoon's transition team dominated by Seoul-born, 50-something men with SNU diplomas
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's transition committee has faced criticism that its membership lacks the diversity needed to represent views of different gender and age groups. Yoon's transition committee has been dubbed “Seo-oh-nam” in Korean, with “Seo” indicating Seoul National University and those born in Seoul, “oh” referring to those in their 50s and “nam” meaning men.
Fate of gender equality ministry back in limbo
The fate of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family has emerged as a controversial post-election issue, as President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has refused to back down from his campaign pledge to abolish the ministry after winning the election on March 9. Yoon and his party, the conservative main opposition People Power Party (PPP), have accused the ministry of dividing men and ...
President-elect unveils final group of transition committee appointees
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol named Shin Yong-hyun, a former lawmaker who served as chief campaign manager for Ahn Cheol-soo, as spokesperson of his presidential transition committee. Journalist-turned politician Won Il-hee and lawyer Choi Ji-hyeon also have been named as vice spokespeople of the transition team.
Kim Sung-han emerges as top diplomatic adviser for Yoon
Kim Sung-han, a professor at Korea University's Graduate School of International Studies, has established himself as the top diplomatic figure of the upcoming Yoon Suk-yeol administration, after being tapped to head the diplomacy and security division of the President-elect's transition committee, Tuesday. Previously a vice foreign minister under the Lee Myung-bak administrat...
Ruling party seeks makeover after losing presidential election
The liberal ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) is seeking an image makeover after its presidential election loss to the main opposition conservative People Power Party (PPP). The DPK has especially reinforced its strategies targeting young swing voters, vowing to establish an anti-discrimination law and expand the party's quotas for women as well as young members.
Yoon to redirect Korea's diplomacy with US, China, Japan
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol of the main opposition conservative People Power Party (PPP) said he would make the Korea-U.S. alliance stronger, improve Seoul-Beijing ties based on mutual trust and bolster future-oriented Korea-Japan ties. “I will respond decisively to the illegal and unreasonable behaviors of North Korea based on principles, while always keeping the door for ...
Minor progressive candidate pays tribute to late iconic leftist politician
Rep. Sim Sang-jung, the presidential candidate of the minor progressive Justice Party, pays tribute to the grave of former Rep. Roh Hoe-chan, the party's former head and an iconic leftist politician, at Moran Park in Namyangju, Gyeonggi Province, Wednesday, Election Day for the 20th presidential election. Courtesy of the Justice Party
Political heavyweights, celebrities cast ballots
Political heavyweights and celebrities showed up at polling stations to cast their votes.Kim Chong-in, a veteran economist who helped President Moon Jae-in and his predecessor Park Geun-hye in their presidential campaigns, voted at a polling station in central Seoul's Jongno District.“The high early voter turnout indicates high participation by active supporters of each candi...
COVID-19 patients to sway presidential election
COVID-19 patients' votes have risen as a variable in what is expected to be one of the closest presidential races in Korea's history. Concerns are rising over further problems anticipated in the election agency's handling of COVID-19 patients' ballots on Election Day Wednesday, as seen during the early voting period for those who tested positive for COVID-19 by March 4.
Candidates make last-ditch efforts to attract swing voters
With only two days left before the March 9 presidential election, rival parties made last-ditch bids to mobilize support for their candidates and win over the hearts of swing voters whose last-minute decisions are expected to sway the final outcome of a neck-and-neck race. The parties are trying to unify their supporters, while also broadening their appeal to undecided voters...
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