Lee Jae-myung “The first day of the new Democratic Party”… Yoon Seok-yeol, “National Unification Leader”
A memorial service for the 6th anniversary of former President Kim Young-sam was held at the Seoul National Cemetery. Representatives of the ruling and opposition parties, including presidential candidates from major political parties, attended the memorial service today (22nd). Democratic Party candidate Lee Jae-myung highly praised the deceased’s achievements in civilisation, and People’s Strength candidate Yoon Seok-yeol commemorated former President Kim as a great mountain in Korean politics. In the midst of this, the two candidates, Jae-myung Lee and Seok-yeol Yoon, were busy moving even over the composition of the Election Countermeasures Committee, respectively.
Reporter Kang Min-woo and reporter Kim Hyung-rae deliver news from the political world in turn.
Today, job seekers and young entrepreneurs filled the hall of the Democratic Party election committee, which used to be filled with senior lawmakers.
This is a landscape that has changed a day after Democratic presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung was entrusted with the full power to renew the presidential election.
Candidate Lee announced that he would change his name to the national election and be reborn as a Democratic Party equipped with reflection, practicality and competence.
[이재명/민주당 대선 후보 : 새로운 민주당의 첫, 1일 차라고 생각됩니다. 따끔한 회초리를 맞을 준비가 되어 있습니다.]
I cried as I told the story of a grandmother in her 90s I met during the Minsaeng tour.
[이재명/민주당 대선 후보 : 저를…. 저를 끌어안고 우시는 분도 계셨습니다. 그 눈물을 제가 정말로 가슴으로 받아 안고 살아가고 있는지 그런 생각이 들었습니다.]
When I met with the leadership of the Confederation of Trade Unions, he said that he would find a way to handle the public sector labor director system, where workers’ representatives can exercise their voting rights, within the regular National Assembly.
Candidate Lee emphasized an agile response to pending issues by asking the previous election to make the labor director system a top priority.
The movement to reorganize the fleet for quick decision-making is also accelerating.
A key official on Lee’s side said that members of the aide who led the camp work during the primary election, such as Rep. Kim Young-jin, will return.
Another official said that they are reviewing working-level talents who exercise responsibility and authority rather than joint positions, and said that if they have the skills, they can appoint outside personnel and external chairpersons.
The outline of the renewal leader is expected to be revealed as early as this week.
The Democratic Party said it would also finalize the union of the Open Democratic Party within this year to gather the progressive supporters.
(Video coverage: Kim Seung-tae, Video editing: Ha Seong-won)
People’s Power Candidate Yoon Seok-yeol stressed that he would create an election countermeasures committee that would unite the people and the predecessor, who presides over the party’s Supreme Council.
[윤석열/국민의힘 대선 후보 : 후보나 캠프, 중앙선대위 관계자만 움직이는 그런 좁은 선거운동으로는 정권교체를 할 수도 없거니와, 우리 당도 선거 과정을 통해서 훨씬 운동력이 있고 강력한 정당으로….]
After the meeting, it was announced that Chairman Lee Jun-seok and former Vice Chairman Kim Byung-jun had been officially appointed as the permanent election chairman, and Rep. Lee Yang-soo was officially appointed as the chief spokesperson, but the position of former vice chairman Kim Jong-in, who was supposed to be the ‘one-top’ general election chairman, was omitted.
Candidate Yoon said that Kim himself asked for more time, and he did not know why.
[윤석열/국민의힘 대선 후보 : 오늘 총괄선대위원장으로 부의하는 부분에 대해서는 하루 이틀만 조금 더 시간을 달라고 하셨기 때문에….]
Representative Lee Jun-seok said that he met with former Chairman Kim in the morning of today (22nd) in a phone call with SBS, and told him not to put his name on the list with former Chairman Kim Byung-joon, and expressed his displeasure with the unilateral announcement by the candidate yesterday. I did.
There is also a rumor that Rep. Jang Je-won’s appointment as a candidate for chief of staff is a deterrent.
Former Chairman Kim refused to speak to reporters’ questions about why he asked for time and whether he was joining the election committee.
[김종인/전 국민의힘 비상대책위원장 : 아무 말도 할 말이 없어요.]
As the appointment conflict, which seemed to have been settled with the official announcement of Candidate Yoon the day before, has resurfaced, there is even a prospect that Kim Jong-in will join the party.
Justice Party candidate Shim Sang-jung proposed an ‘unconditional meeting’ to Ahn Cheol-soo, a candidate of the People’s Party, saying that cooperation in the third zone is necessary to end the vested interests of the two-party system.
Regarding this, Candidate Ahn replied that he had to check what it meant in detail, but that the possibility of dialogue was always open.
(Video coverage: Kim Heung-gi, Video editing: Park Jeong-sam)