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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Thu, February 22, 2024 | 19:44
PPP contenders weigh who to align with as elections approach
Politicians from the ruling People Power Party (PPP) who are vying for the upcoming April 10 general elections apparently face a dilemma over whether to align more closely with President Yoon Suk Yeol or the party's interim leader Han Dong-hoon.
[PERSON IN FOCUS] Lee Jun-seok falls back on politics of division to woo young male voters, again
Lee Jun-seok, leader of the Reformist Party and former chairman of the conservative ruling People Power Party (PPP), is in the media spotlight, again, due to his contentious pledges which critics say are highly likely to cause further social divisions, specifically between generations as well as genders.
Foreign ministry criticized for stance on Japan's removal of forced labor victims' memorial stone
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in the hot seat for its lukewarm response to Japan's removal of a memorial stone that was dedicated to Korean victims of wartime forced labor, with observers criticizing the government's passive stance regarding Tokyo's attempt to distort or ignore historical events.
Parties on alert over political violence ahead of elections
After a series of assaults on politicians raised concerns about potential copycat attacks ahead of the April 10 general elections, the police said Monday that they will create a task force with each party to strengthen protections.
S. Korea-Russia relations hit new low following defense minister's remarks on Ukraine aid
South Korea's already-strained relations with Russia have worsened further following Defense Minister Shin Won-sik's remarks on offering 'full support' to Ukraine. Moscow interpreted this as a potential indication of Seoul providing military aid to Kyiv and warned of a 'complete breakdown' of bilateral ties.
China unlikely to play constructive role in resolving N. Korea's threats
China is either unwilling or unable to play a constructive role in addressing North Korea's nuclear threats despite repeated calls from the international community. This observation comes in the wake of the latest appeal made during a recent meeting between the top security official of the United States and China's top diplomat.
Yoon vows 30-minute commutes for Seoul, surrounding areas
President Yoon Suk Yeol announced plans to expand the Great Train Express (GTX) high-speed train lines, Thursday, renewing his campaign pledge to reduce commuting times to the 30-minute range for people living in the greater Seoul area.
2 minor parties merge ahead of general elections
The Reformist Party head Lee Jun-seok and Rep. Yang Hyang-ja, who leads Hope of Korea, declared the merger of their respective parties, Wednesday, marking a significant step toward collaboration among minor parties in the lead-up to the April 10 general elections.
First lady's Dior bag scandal continues to haunt president and ruling party
A dispute between President Yoon Suk Yeol and ruling People Power Party (PPP) interim leader Han Dong-hoon appears to have subsided after their unexpected meeting on Tuesday. But the party's internal conflicts, stemming from multiple controversies surrounding first lady Kim Keon Hee, are expected to persist.
Bumpy road ahead for potential 'big tent' party
The idea of new political parties uniting under a 'big tent' is widely under discussion, but the formation of such a coalition remains uncertain due to key differences in ideologies and interests among the breakaway factions.
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