Reform Party strives to differentiate itself from rivals

Reform Party Co-Chairman Lee Jun-seok, second from left, speaks during the party's Supreme Council meeting at the National Assembly in Seoul, Tuesday. To his left, Lee Nak-yon, the party's other co-chairman. Yonhap

Reform Party Co-Chairman Lee Jun-seok, second from left, speaks during the party’s Supreme Council meeting at the National The Reform Party, a big-tent political party comprised of politicians who broke away from their former parties, held its inaugural Supreme Council meeting, Tuesday, promising that it will end “the meaningless competition” between President Yoon Suk Yeol and main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) Chairman Rep. Lee Jae-myung.“The most wanted political reform that the people desire is ending the meaningless competition between Yoon and Lee which has lasted for the past few years,” its Co-Chairman Lee Jun-seok said.“Our party will be the strongest check on the president, who has been solely focused on consolidating his power while neglecting his duty of achieving a prosperous nation for the people.”

He denounced both the DPK and the ruling People Power Party (PPP), saying they have failed to address “issues that should have been addressed.”“How can we expect social reform from the PPP, which is obsessed with a battle against activist-turned-politicians?” Lee said, referring to PPP interim leader Han Dong-hoon’s catchphrase of clearing out the privilege-based politics by activist-turned-politicians. “Those in their 20s and 30s who spent their college and university days in the 2000s never had a chance to experience student activism.”Lee also criticized the DPK, which is championing the catchphrase “handing down judgment to the Yoon administration’s prosecutor autocracy.”“Most ordinary citizens are living without ever visiting a police station, and the main opposition party is coercing them to engage in a showdown with the prosecution,” he said. “Unlike them, we have to take care of issues that must be addressed, even if they require debate.”Reform Party Co-Chairman Lee Nak-yon stressed the unity between the different political groups that joined the party. The Reform Party was created, Friday, in a merger between four political parties comprised of both conservative and liberal breakaway members from the main rival parties. Lee Jun-seok was a former PPP chairman, while Lee Nak-yon previously led the DPK.

“There can be differences between ourselves,” Lee Nak-yon said. “We will manage the difference wisely and amplify things we have in common.”Lee Nak-yon noted that it is the first time in Korea’s history to have four new political parties form in a short period of time, and it is because of the public’s disappointment in the existing rival parties.“The rival parties were supposed to scrutinize themselves about why the public is disappointed in them,” the former DPK chairman said. “If we let the current politics based on rivalry between Yoon and (DPK Chairman) Lee remain unchanged, the country will deteriorate to a much more serious state than it is now.”On Monday, the party appointed independent Rep. Yang Hyang-ja as its floor leader, former lawmaker Keum Tae-seop, Reps. Kim Jong-min and Cho Eung-cheon as its Supreme Council members.During a radio interview with SBS, Tuesday, Lee Nak-yon said the Reform Party seeks to secure at least 30 National Assembly seats during the April 10 general elections, while Lee Jun-seok said in a separate interview with CBS that “the more (seats) 카지노사이트킹 the better

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