Former Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon [Photo by Yonhap]
South Korea’s Former Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon will embark on a political journey as a top official of the ruling People Power Party (PPP).
Han stepped down from his post on Thursday and accepted the ruling party’s proposal to lead its emergency leadership committee. As the leader in charge of the general elections next year, Han’s leadership and political ability as a potential next presidential candidate will be tested.
Yun Jae-ok, floor leader of the PPP, described Han as “the youngest and freshest chairman of the committee, who is capable of opening the new chapter of the political landscape to meet public calls for change and innovation.”
Despite his high-profile appearances in the political scene, Han is undoubtedly a fresh politician. He has also been celebrated for his provocative remarks targeting the opposition party.
Han, however, is faced with many challenging tasks, as the PPP desperately needs a victory in the coming election. Critics warned that the political novice lacks experience in handling elections and other political matters.
His priority should be to turn the ruling party into an effective conservative force by building a healthy relationship between the party and the administration.
Han has been known for his close relations with President Yoon Suk Yeol, and the opposition party denounced him as a “puppet” of the president in response to the recent appointment.
Han also needs to drive innovation from the inside out, which can often involve going against the status quo in the party.
In his pursuit to guide the ruling party to success in the upcoming general elections, he must garner backing from the center.
While his language targeting the opposition party may resonate with the far-right, it is essential to recognize that such rhetoric may not appeal to the broader voter base.
Many Korean voters are already fed up with politics and politicians. That explains why Han needs new strategies to bring about major changes and to gain public trust.
By Editorial Team
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