Yoon Suk-yeol is a politically inexperienced former top prosecutor – the five-year term begins in May.
South Korea very narrowly won the presidential election Yoon Suk-yeol intends to take the country in a conservative direction and put the words of a ‘naughty boy’, the dictator of North Korea, in his words; Kim Jong-unin disciplined, if necessary, by a ‘preventive strike’.
This is supposed to have been an election rhetoric, as a pre-emptive strike would mean a possible nuclear war with North Korea.
The difference from its predecessor Moon Jae-iniinwho negotiated with the dictator four times and acted as a mediator in US-North Korea negotiations, however, seems clear.
Relations between the two countries are now threatened by an even more serious crisis in a situation where North Korea has conducted record-breaking missile tests.
“I’ll teach him ways,” Yoon exclaimed in the election fight.
After his election, he reiterated his “strict line to“ North Korea’s “illegal and irresponsible acts”.
Night is wants to intensify relations with the United States and increase the joint military exercises that have been reduced in recent years to appease North Korea.
At the same time, he wants to warm up relations with Japan, which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945.
He will be able to carry out his line from May for a five-year term, as in South Korea, the president cannot be elected for a further term.
Also for this reason, the election was at the same time a referendum on how more progressive Moon Jae-in did during his term.
Steady was: Moon’s party colleague Lee Jae-Myung lost the election very sparingly but acknowledged his defeat honestly and quickly.
The turnout was 77. In the analyzes, both candidates were considered disgusting by the majority of voters.
Yoon’s electoral powers included a promise to support 2.5 million new residential buildings. High property prices and the resulting housing shortage were one reason for voter dissatisfaction.
Yoon Suk-yeol61, is a former prosecutor who became known during his career specifically as a presidential hardener.
Already during his student years in the 1980s, he participated in a protest-like informal trial against the country’s then military leader. Chun Doo-hwania which affected career development. He did not receive the lawyer’s papers until years later.
As a prosecutor, he collected ever-larger scalps and participated in the visit of the then president of South Korea. Park Geun-hyen charges that led to dismissal and sentencing in 2017-2018. In 2018, the former president also received a long prison sentence Lee Myung-bak.
President Moon Jae-in elevated him to the chief prosecutor, but the Attorney General took action against Yoon. It led to a temporary appointment in 2020.
Yoon himself resigned in 2021 and launched a successful presidential campaign. During that time, he said he was also working to investigate the illegality of outgoing President Moon Jae-in.
Night is is a colorful and populist conservative in his opinion.
While President Moon advocated a maximum working hour of 52 hours per week, Yoon said the appropriate maximum is 120 working hours per week. He largely advocates the freedom of a market economy Milton Friedman in the manner of. Selection lift South Korean stock quotes on Thursday morning.
He estimates that feminism has led to low birth rates for South Korea. She does not believe South Korean women suffer from systematic oppression. She has also called for the abolition of the ministry, which focuses on the status of women and families.
Quite surprisingly, however, she declared herself a “feminist” in a written interview with The Washington Post’s questions. It caused a stir in South Korea and the aides rushed to correct that it was a “work step error” and not an answer accepted by the candidate.
In the background is a Korean man backlash # for the metoo campaign and the consequent fishing for conservative voices.
Structural change is rampant: among men in their twenties, unemployment is more common than that of women.
Looking at The Economist as a whole however, a recent glass ceiling index saysthat equality in South Korean employment is low compared to other industrialized countries.
“Poll shows that South Korea is exceptionally evenly divided into two blocs: the Conservative bloc led by the new president and the more liberal bloc led by the Democratic Party, ”says the Korean researcher Antti Leppänen From the University of Turku.
In South Korea, the president is appointed by the president.
“Thus, the Democratic Party was unable to renew its government even though there was a clear victory in the 2020 National Assembly election.”
The President’s Office is clearly more important in South Korea than the country’s government, Leppänen estimates.
“The new president is very inexperienced in terms of political ability and substance, so what matters is how good advisers he gets in the office.”
However, the Democratic Party and its auxiliary parties still have a clear majority of MPs, which can complicate legislative projects.
“On the other hand, it would be no wonder if the losing parties, as usual, crack. Cuts can happen and that would strengthen the position of the new president, ”says Leppänen.
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