“The youngest leader in the history of the Korean political party”… Foreign media were also surprised by Lee Jun-seok’s election (Comprehensive) :: Empathy Media News Agency ::

“The 30-year-old party leader with no experience of being elected to the National Assembly”
“Appeal to the younger generation who are swing boats for next year’s election”
“A surprising victory amid growing disillusionment with politicians among Koreans”

[서울=뉴시스]National Assembly Photo Correspondents = Lee Jun-seok, the new leader of the People’s Power, delivers an acceptance speech at the Central Party Congress in Yeouido, Seoul on the morning of the 11th. 2021.06.11. [email protected]

[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Kim Hye-kyung and Kim Ye-jin = 36-year-old candidate Lee Jun-seok was elected as the leader of the People’s Power of the first opposition party on the 11th, and foreign media paid attention as “the youngest leader in the history of major Korean political parties.”

Reuters reported that the new leader “became the youngest leader in the history of a major political party in Korea,” and said in his acceptance speech on the same day that he promised to take back power next year. Reuters also introduced that Lee, a graduate of Harvard University, had never been elected to the National Assembly.

“His surprising victory came amid growing disillusionment among many Koreans as they view politicians as hypocritical and incompetent.”

According to Bloomberg News, “Korea’s main opposition party has elected a 36-year-old leader who has never served as a member of the National Assembly.”

Bloomberg analyzed that Lee is appealing to young people who feel that Korean society prefers wealthy and connected people, and that this young group is the swing boat for next year’s presidential election.

The news agency also reported that Lee joined a conservative party under former President Park Geun-hye, but later criticized Park’s crime charges.

The Japanese media also showed great interest in Lee’s election. Public NHK broadcaster reported that the People’s Power, Korea’s largest opposition party, “has elected a new representative, a 36-year-old who has no parliamentary experience.”

NHK analyzed that there is no age limit for candidates over 40 years of age to run for president in South Korea, so it is unlikely that Lee will run in the presidential election, but he said, “As the power of the people, I plan to enter the presidential election to expand the support of the younger generation by renewing the party image. .

He also said that although he was defeated three times since 2016, he has raised his presence as a conservative commentator in the media.

Jiji News reported that the People’s Power had elected Lee, who had “no political experience,” as the party’s leader. It is the first time that a person in their 30s has taken office as a representative of a major Korean political party, the news agency explained, saying, “It is a form of giving a conservative ‘renewal’ raise for the next March presidential election.”

He also predicted that “it is likely to pose a threat to the ruling Democratic Party of Korea.”

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) also reported the news of Lee’s election, saying, “I have no experience as a member of the National Assembly, but I have overpowered other veteran candidates by appealing for a generation change.”

It also noted that “recovering the weak conservative party support will affect the whereabouts of the next presidential election in March 2022.” It was evaluated that Lee became the new ‘face of the conservative’.

The Asahi Shimbun interpreted the background of Lee’s election as “the support of party members calling for a youthful image renewal in order to aim for a regime change in the next March presidential election.”

The newspaper said, “The Moon Jae-in administration, which is facing headwinds from public opinion, and the progressive ruling party supporting the regime will also be pressured to review its strategy.”

The Mainichi Shimbun also reported that Lee, who had no experience as a member of the National Assembly, was elected and said, “The birth of an opposition leader who makes a strong impression on a generational change is expected to affect the whereabouts of the presidential election in March next year.”

Japanese media also specifically reported that CEO Lee graduated from Harvard University in the United States and has experience in managing venture companies. After joining the conservative ruling party in 2011, he was selected by former President Park Geun-hye and held key positions in the party.

The Chinese media also paid attention to Lee’s election and evaluated that a rising star had risen in the Korean political scene.

Pengpai Shinwon, a Chinese internet media outlet, said, “The ‘Lee Jun-seok storm’ has blown in Korean politics, and the discussion surrounding it is spreading from the power of the people to other political parties. ” he said.

The media said, “After the 4.7 by-election, the appearance of Lee Jun-seok in a situation where competition between the ruling and opposition parties, such as the Democratic Party and the power of the people, has intensified, is somewhat unexpected and very unusual in Korean politics, where history is important.”

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