Ruling party’s crushing defeat adds pressure on Yoon for change

President Yoon Suk Yeol attends a policy review meeting at the presidential office in Yongsan District, Seoul, April 4. Courtesy of presidential office

President Yoon Suk Yeol faces mounting pressure to reassess his approach to governing and managing state affairs, as the ruling People Power Party’s (PPP) decisive defeat in Wednesday’s general elections underscores widespread public dissatisfaction with his job performance.In response, the president said he would accept the election result and make an effort for reform, while his aides offered to resign.In the general elections to select 300 members of the National Assembly, the PPP and the People Future Party, its satellite party for proportional representation seats, obtained 108 seats combined, while the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and its satellite party, the Democratic United Party, gained 175.

“The president expressed his intention to humbly accept the will of the people as demonstrated in the general elections and vowed to do his utmost to revamp the government’s approach, stabilize the economy, and improve the people’s livelihood,” Yoon’s Chief of Staff Lee Kwan-sup said in a press briefing.The presidential office said Yoon’s remarks about reform indicate his administration’s commitment to cooperating and communicating with the opposition in governing the country.”Even before the general elections, the president has consistently emphasized that regardless of the election outcome, it serves as an evaluation of his governance thus far,” a senior official at the presidential office said. “We will take time to thoroughly examine ourselves, analyzing both the election results and the underlying causes that led to them.”Along with Yoon’s remarks, his key aides, including Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, offered to resign.”Except for the Office of National Security, all presidential senior secretaries, including the chief of staff and the director of national policy, offered to resign,” the senior official said.As of Thursday afternoon, 온라인카지노 Yoon had not yet accepted their resignations.

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