After the 2020 parliamentary elections, what’s next for South Korean politics?
- April 22, 2020
- Wongdong Lee, poli sci, and Joseph Yi explain in The Diplomat
In the April 15 parliamentary elections, President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) captured an overwhelming majority of the National Assembly (180 of 300 seats). This historically unprecedented feat in South Korea reminds us that, to borrow a phrase, “Timing is everything in politics.”
Last year, Moon was mired in low approval ratings (in the low 40s), because of South Korea’s economic slowdown and various political scandals, especially those tied to his former Justice Minister Cho Kuk. A couple of months ago, in the early stages of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Moon was criticized for not banning travelers from China, against the advice of the Korean Medical Association. Since mid-March, however, South Korea’s mainstream media have effusively praised the Moon administration for leading, and winning, the battle against COVID-19.
But Korean public attitudes may shift again later this year, if other countries recover and adapt more quickly to the post-COVID economy.
Read in full, courtesy of The Diplomat.