Yoon Seok-yeol, the People’s Strength Presidential Candidate The outlines of the election system are beginning to emerge. Kim Jong-in, the former emergency response committee chairman, will be appointed as the ‘one-top’ general election chairman of the party’s presidential election committee, and Lee Jun-seok and Kim Byeong-jun, the former non-commissioned chairman, will be appointed as the standing election chairman respectively. Former Democratic Party leader Kim Han-gil is in charge of the new era preparation committee, which is a separate organization from the party’s election committee. Except for Lee, who is ex officio, it is called the ‘three-kim system’. Although former Chairman Kim Jong-in’s ‘one-top’ attitude was maintained, former Chairman Kim Byung-jun was recruited and a separate organization was created to recruit former Chairman Kim Han-gil. As Candidate Yoon succeeded in coordinating with former Chairman Kim Jong-in following Lee, the main line of the composition of the predecessor committee has been sorted out.
People’s Strength presidential candidate Yoon Seok-yeol (right) shakes hands with former Democratic Party leader Kim Han-gil before a meeting at the office of former Democratic Party leader Kim Han-gil in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on the 21st. Parliamentary photojournalists
However, there is still work to be done for Candidate Yoon. There is a clear difference in positions between Candidate Yoon and former Chairman Kim Jong-in over the appointment of Rep. Jang Je-won, who is being mentioned as the candidate’s chief of staff. For Candidate Yoon who wants to hit the ‘big tent’ of the anti-moon (Jae-in) solidarity, unification with Ahn Cheol-soo, the presidential candidate of the People’s Party, is also a difficult task. Candidate Ahn is predicting completion, and former Chairman Kim Jong-in and CEO Lee are critical of Candidate Ahn, so coordination may not be easy.
On the 21st, Candidate Yoon practically finished the work of adjusting the appointment to the ‘three-kim system’. On the same day, Candidate Yun visited the office of former CEO Kim Han-gil in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, and had a conversation with him. said. Candidate Yoon continued, “Although it may be a little smaller than the party’s Election Countermeasures Committee, we will do our best to get more people’s support and understanding for the change of government with many people.” The New Era Preparation Committee is a separate organization from the Party’s election committee. This means that it is not included in the organization chart of former Chairman Kim Jong-in, who will be the ‘one-top’ of the party’s predecessor. Although it will go through a process of coordination with the party in the future, it is highly likely that it will be operated as an organization directly under Candidate Yun. This is interpreted as an organizational structure that preserves Kim Jong-in’s ‘one-top’ position, but also reflects Yoon’s will to play the ‘big tent’ of the Banmun Solidarity.
Candidate Yoon met with former Chairman Kim Jong-in the day before and had a discussion about the appointment of the former leader. It coordinated the recruitment of former Chairman Kim Byung-jun and former Chairman Kim Jong-in as general election chairman. Senior Spokesperson Yang-soo Lee said in a notice the previous day that former Chairman Kim Jong-in had agreed to the appointment of former Chairman Kim Byung-joon as permanent election chairperson, and that there was no disagreement with former Chairman Kim Han-gil’s joining from the beginning.
With this, Candidate Yoon virtually finished the coordination of the appointment of the previous chairman, who had a fight with former Chairman Kim Jong-in and CEO Lee, on the 21st. Coordination with Lee ended in the victory of Candidate Yoon. Candidate Yoon appointed Rep. Kwon Seong-dong, who was the head of the candidate’s secretary-general, as the party’s secretary-general. Instead, Chairman Lee recommended some personnel to Candidate Yoon. Candidate Yoon also received the appointment of former chairman Kim Byung-jun as the former leader of former chairman Kim Jong-in. Instead, it seems that Kim Jong-in was given the authority to appoint new outsiders rather than middle-level lawmakers to the permanent election chairperson. It ended up as a compromise between the ‘mammoth-class predecessor’ that Yoon wanted, and the claim to recruit a symbolic outsider that former Chairman Kim Jong-in wanted. As a result, the composition of the electoral organization proceeds according to the will of the candidate holding the final key.
Candidate Yoon said that when reporters on the same day asked, ‘Will the first appointment of the election committee be announced soon?’ He continued, “It is important that a lot of people participate in the election campaign,” he said.
The task remains. The nerve war over the position of the candidate for chief of staff continues. As Rep. Kwon Seong-dong moved to the party secretary-general, the position of chief of staff became vacant, and Rep. Jang Je-won is being discussed as a strong candidate for this position. Candidate Yoon visited the Sarang Church in Seocho-gu, Seoul on the same day, and when Rep. Jang performed the training, there were also observations that he might have been appointed as the chief of staff. An official from the Candidate Camp Yoon spoke to reporters on the phone, saying that the appointment of Representative Jang as the chief of staff was “a matter that has already been decided.” During a phone call with a reporter that day, Rep. Jang said, “I have conveyed to the candidate my intention to serve as a white-roman soldier over and over again.” If Rep. Jang becomes the chief of staff, former Chairman Kim Jong-in may object.
It is also disappointing for Yoon that Rep. Hong Jun-pyo and former lawmaker Yoo Seung-min, who competed in the primary process, are not joining the election. Rep. Hong runs the ‘Youth’s Dream’ platform and takes a critical stance on Candidate Yoon every day. Former Rep. Yoo has not revealed his intention to join the previous squadron, and the members and personnel who played with him at the camp are also not moving.
Coordinating unification with Ahn Cheol-soo, candidate of the People’s Party, is also not easy. Candidate Yoon expressed his will to unite with Candidate Ahn during the primary election process, but Chairman Lee and former Chairman Kim Jong-in remain critical of Candidate Ahn. Even within the party, there are still voices critical of the unification with Candidate Ahn or the merger with the People’s Party. A high-ranking party official said about candidate Ahn, “I don’t think he will ever be able to complete it. It’s over if we discuss it with Candidate Heo Kyung-young,” he said.