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Reporter : Nam Hyun-woo
Sun, August 14, 2022 | 13:33
Ex-presidential candidates return to politics as lawmakers
Former presidential candidates Lee Jae-myung and Ahn Cheol-soo have renewed their positions in politics as lawmakers.
Voter turnout hits lowest since 2002
The total turnout for Wednesday's local elections was tentatively tallied at 50.9 percent, the lowest since the 2002 local elections, the election watchdog said.According to the National Election Commission, a total of 22.57 million out of 44.3 million eligible voters had casted their ballots as of 7:30 p.m., Wednesday.
Parties make last appeal to public for votes
Rival parties on Tuesday made their last pitches to appeal to the hearts and minds of voters across the country to turn out and cast their ballots for them in Wednesday's local and by-elections.
Yoon gov't not considering privatizing state-run firms
The presidential office said Friday that it is not considering privatizing state-run companies such as Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC), dismissing controversies that have stemmed from the presidential chief of staff's remark about unloading the IIAC's stake in the airport company on the market. During a meeting with reporters, an official at the presidential ...
Korea begins early voting for June 1 local elections
Early voting started Friday for the June 1 local elections, which will select 4,125 candidates for elected posts across the country, including 17 metropolitan mayors and provincial governors. The election will be an early barometer gauging President Yoon Suk-yeol's performance less than a month after his inauguration, as well as determining whether the ruling People Power Par...
President Yoon fills two remaining Cabinet minister positions with women
President Yoon Suk-yeol nominated two women as the education and health ministers, amid criticisms that his Cabinet is male-dominated. The presidential office announced Thursday that Yoon has named Park Soon-ae as the deputy prime minister and minister of education and Kim Seung-hee as the minister of health and welfare. Yoon also nominated Oh Yu-kyoung as the minister of foo...
DPK interim leader's push for 586 Generation politicians to step aside meets resistance
Park Ji-hyun, the co-interim leader of the liberal Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), is seeking to bring change in the giant main opposition party by proposing that senior lawmakers - members of the “586 Generation” - step aside to make room for the young generation, but her attempt has sparked discord as she has faced resistance from within.
North Korea launches missiles to test Seoul-Washington deterrence
North Korea fired three missiles, including what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), off its east coast on Wednesday, putting to test an extended Seoul-Washington deterrence against the bellicose regime pledged by President Yoon Suk-yeol and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden during their summit over the past weekend. The South Korean government, along wit...
Summit gives momentum to Yoon, ruling party ahead of local elections
President Yoon Suk-yeol and the ruling People Power Party (PPP) are enjoying a boost in approval ratings after a summit with U.S. President Joe Biden last weekend, which is positively affecting the conservative ruling bloc's campaign for the June 1 local elections. Political watchers said the summit will likely motivate conservatives to unite for the elections, as the two lea...
Korea joins US-led trade pact as China bristles
President Yoon Suk-yeol on Monday announced Korea's entry into the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), an initiative aimed at seeking free, open and resilient partnerships between like-minded countries in the region as well as containing China's economic assertion. Yoon attended the IPEF summit held online on the occasion of U.S. President Joe Biden's visit to Ja...
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