New Conservative President in Korea: Yoon Suk-yeol

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Yoon Suk-yeol, of the main opposition People’s Power Party (PPP), was elected Korea’s new president early Thursday, taking on the responsibility of running the country for the next five years. The victory of the 61-year-old former attorney general came after leading one of the closest contests in the Korean presidential elections and one of the ugliest campaigns in history, marked by accusations of corruption between both sides. and disqualifying himself even for the private life of the women who are or were part of his teams. Yoon Suk Yeol is well known as a man with an uncompromising spirit, and this has been a double-edged sword for him during his 26 years working as a prosecutor, including less than two years as the nation’s attorney general.

President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has been emphasizing bipartisan efforts to achieve national unity after winning Wednesday’s election as the vote results underscored a deep national divide. He was declared the winner with just a difference of about 1%, and the parliament is dominated by the opposition party DPK (Democratic Party of Korea) of still President Moon. The elected president will have a difficult path in the management of state affairs and the implementation of his electoral promises, such as the preparation and review of bills, the organization of the Cabinet and the establishment of the country’s budget. This situation could continue for at least two more years, because the next general election where the parliament will be renewed is scheduled for April 2024. In this context, it is feared that Yoon Suk Yeol who started his political career by joining the PPP does only eight months, after resigning from President Moon’s cabinet due to “differences of opinion”, face more difficulties in organizing the Cabinet, because their political base is relatively weaker than that of their predecessors who have experience as legislators. The fulfillment of his main electoral promises could also face obstacles. During his campaign, the president-elect promised to set up a special COVID-19 disaster relief team and spend nearly 50 trillion won ($40.5 billion) to help small business owners and self-employed workers as soon as he takes office. post. However, such promises require the approval of additional budgets by the Assembly. Yoon’s other promises, like abolish the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, improving prosecutorial discretion and revamping the Corruption Investigation Office for Senior Officials (CIO) could also prove to be uphill battles. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family has generated more division and confrontation between feminist and conservative groups. The functions of this body according to the site in English are: Planning and coordination of policies related to genderAnalysis of the gender impact of policiesDeveloping and using women’s resourcesExpanding the participation of women in societyPrevention of commercial sex and protection of their victimsPrevention of domestic and sexual violence and protection of its victimsForge alliances with civil groups of women and international organizations

The abolition of the gender equality ministry requires an amendment to the Government Organization Law, but the DPK has long opposed Yoon’s idea. Prohibiting the Minister of Justice from giving investigative guidelines to the Attorney General also requires a revision of the Law on the Office of the Prosecutor, and renewing the CIO also requires changes to the relevant laws. The outlook is bleak for Korean women, even single mothers, through divorce, widowhood, or abandonment could be affected along with their children. The worst thing is that because the party in power (DPK), could be criticized for opposing any of the amendments that the new president wants to make, and that would affect them in the next elections, there may be agreements. As for the dramas… With the arrival of President Moon, I don’t know if you noticed it, but I think that in addition to the arrival of streaming platforms that open up more diversity of content, there was also an opening in the topics to be discussed. in dramas for broadcast in the country. From the inclusion of the theme of homosexuality, the issues of infidelity, the reality of violence and corruption that exists even though the image of the country is tainted with it, etc. Will there be some changes in these issues with the coming to power of a conservative president? Hopefully not because «Business are Business»!! Credits The Korea Times

Veronica Troncoso

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