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People Power Party wins a landslide victory in Korea’s local elections

By Im Han-joo | 기사입력 2022/06/29 [12:20]

People Power Party wins a landslide victory in Korea’s local elections

By Im Han-joo | 입력 : 2022/06/29 [12:20]



President Yoon’s People Power Party (PPP) won a decisive victory in the local elections that took place in South Korea on June 1st. Of the 17 races that were to determine the new mayors and governors, the conservative party PPP triumphed in 12 races.

 

The PPP won in seven of the eight influential cities such as the capital Seoul and Busan, the second largest city in the country. The PPP’s candidate for Mayor of Seoul was Oh Se-hoon, an incumbent, who was reelected to the position this year by winning 59.1% of the vote. Oh Se-hoon beat his competitor Song Young-gil from the Democratic Party (DP) by 20%.  

 

Four years ago, the DP had taken 14 posts. But this year the party secured only five posts. Former finance minister Kim Dong-yeon of the DP won in Gyeonggi Province by a 0.14 percent margin against the new face competitor from the PPP. Such a result in Gyeonggi Province was a stark contrast to the 20 percent margin that the DP enjoyed in 2018.

 

Of the five races the DP won, three were in Jeolla, its historical and political stronghold. The other two were in Jeju and Gyeonggi. The meager support for the DP was a major setback for the party. The party had won a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections two years ago, but public opinion started to turn their back to the party as former President Moon Jae-in was unable to control the housing price crisis. The #MeToo movement and corruption allegations revolving around Moon’s friends also seem to have caused the support rate to drop.

 

The outcomes of the elections were taken by the PPP as a sign of approval for the party by the people. It was considered an assessment of the public’s satisfaction level since March when President Yoon won the election by a narrow margin. As the final numbers were revealed, Yoon thanked voters who had given his party a chance and promised to revitalize the economy. The presidential office remarked, “At the moment the most crucial matter is to bring life back to the economy. To this end, the government will overcome setbacks by cooperating with provincial governments.”

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