Korea’s main political parties now mired in internal leadership struggles

Korea’s main political parties now mired in internal leadership struggles


The domestic political scene is our starting
point this afternoon… With the dust settling on last week’s general
election, Korea’s three main political parties are focusing on who will lead them now.
The ruling Saenuri Party is currently being led by floor leader Won Yoo-chul, after the
party chair resigned following the election. Won says he’s considering passing the torch
to the incoming floor leader, who will take office in May, especially since many lawmakers
have expressed objections to keeping him on as party chair.
The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea’s interim leader Kim Chong-in is facing a similar
situation. Some party members say Kim should take the
chairmanship without an election, while others say it’s time to give others a chance to lead.
The minor opposition People’s Party is seeing the veteran lawmakers in its ranks vie for
leadership roles, including a four-term lawmaker who was once a close aide to former President
Kim Dae-jung.

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