Kim Jong-in, former chairman of the People’s Power Guard, leaves the office in Jongno-gu, Seoul on the morning of the 23rd and is being asked questions from reporters. yunhap news
Yoon Seok-yeol, a presidential candidate for the People’s Power presidential candidate, who tried to put Kim Jong-in, former People’s Power Emergency Response Committee Chairman, as the ‘one-top’, is heading towards catastrophe. On the 23rd, former Chairman Kim practically refused to join the predecessor, saying, “I will return to my daily life.” Candidate Yoon also expressed his displeasure by saying, “Don’t ask me what the nobleman is talking about.” More than half a month has passed since the election of Candidate Yoon on the 5th, but the election committee has not been launched as only nerves over the composition of the previous committee have continued. Within the party, the possibility of ‘a predecessor without Kim Jong-in’ is seriously discussed. Yoon’s political power was also put to the test.
Former Chairman Kim met with reporters in front of his office in Jongno-gu, Seoul on the same day and said, “I don’t want to talk about political issues anymore,” and “I am returning to my daily life from today.” When asked if it was his refusal to join the former captain, he said, “I have talked a lot about the circumstances under which I am currently looking for the presidential election,” he said. Candidate Yoon also attended the MBN event that day, and when reporters asked a question about former Chairman Kim Jong-in, he said, “I don’t know. Don’t ask me what that gentleman is talking about.”
Kim has been strongly discussed as the ‘one-top’ general election chairperson immediately after the election of Candidate Yoon, but he has continued to clash with Candidate Yoon over the appointment and direction of the election committee. Regarding the idea of a ‘anti-moon (jae-in) big tent’ led by senior lawmakers close to candidate Yoon, former Chairman Kim dismissed the idea, saying, “That doesn’t help the vote.” Kim Byeong-jun, former vice chairman of the Liberty Korea Party, and Kim Han-gil, former representative of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy, have repeatedly expressed their negative stance on recruitment. The previous day, the party’s Supreme Council appointed Chairman Lee Jun-seok and former Chairman Kim Byung-jun respectively as permanent election chairman, but the proposal to appoint former chairman Kim as general election chairman was not proposed at the request of former chairman Kim himself. Since then, there has been an interpretation that the relationship between former Chairman Kim and Candidate Yoon is headed for catastrophe.
People’s Strength presidential candidate Yoon Seok-yeol moves to a luncheon with candidates competing in the intra-party primary at a restaurant in Yeouido, Seoul on the 23rd. Parliamentary photojournalists
Candidate Yoon expressed his intention that he might not go with former Chairman Kim at the leadership teatime that was held ahead of the highest rank the day before. A key official from Candidate Yoon’s side spoke to reporters on the phone, saying, “The candidate is firm.” In the meantime, there was strong optimism among Candidate Yoon’s camp that they did not want each other in ‘extreme situations’. It was the observation that Candidate Yoon also needed former Chairman Kim, and that former Chairman Kim also made up his mind to join the predecessor. Now, there are many observations that the situation has changed.
Rep. Jang Je-won, a member of the People’s Power, who had an uncomfortable relationship with former Chairman Kim as a close aide to Candidate Yoon, declared a white coat of arms on the afternoon of the same day and tried to rectify the situation, but to no effect. Rep. Jang wrote on the social networking service (SNS) that day, “I think it’s time to make a decision on my own.” During the phone call, Rep. Jang said, “Since former Chairman Kim told me not to put his name on the top, he said to the candidate, ‘You can just leave me. You shouldn’t be seen,’ he said.
Former Chairman Kim said to a reporter at his office on the afternoon of the afternoon about Rep. Jang’s claim of Baek Eui-jong, “It has nothing to do with me that Rep. Jang leaves Candidate Yoon’s side.” Candidate Yoon was also said to have no intention of letting go of Rep. Jang. The full power of the election rests with the candidate, but former Chairman Kim is too meddling, which is why Candidate Yun has a great sense of rejection.
Although the conflict between Candidate Yoon and former Chairman Kim is heading towards catastrophe, there are also observations that the exit is not completely closed. In the morning of the same day, former Chairman Kim responded to a reporter’s question, ‘Will you meet if candidate Yoon comes to meet you? Candidate Yoon also said, “Dr. Kim said he’ll think about it for a few days, so I’ll be waiting for you.”
It is interpreted as leaving room for last-minute compromise while continuing the struggle for leadership. From the perspective of Candidate Yoon, if Kim, who is called the ‘Kingmaker’, fails to join, his political power will inevitably be damaged. There is also a strong prospect that former Chairman Kim will not give up the opportunity to present his ideas on the stage of the presidential election.
Candidate Yoon had a luncheon at a restaurant in Yeouido on the same day with preliminary candidates who had competed in the party’s primary. Rep. Hong Jun-pyo, former lawmaker Yoo Seung-min, and former Jeju governor Won Hee-ryong, who had met in the final primary, did not participate. Former Governor Won had breakfast with Candidate Yoon on the 16th.