Debate on ‘unification of the opposition party’, the biggest variable in the presidential election, begins in earnest… Norina, the people’s power ‘issue black hole’

People’s Strength presidential candidate Yoon Seok-yeol answers questions during a special lecture by presidential candidates held at the International Conference Center of the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jung-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 7th. joint photo shoot

On the 7th, one week before the deadline for registration of candidates for the 20th presidential election (14th), the People’s Power launched a public debate on the ‘unification of Yun Seok-yeol and Ahn Cheol-soo’. Candidate Seok-Yeol Yoon mentioned the unification card, saying, “There is no need to rule out.” However, Ahn Cheol-soo, the candidate of the People’s Party, said, “I don’t think it is sincere in itself to say such a problem publicly.” There is also an analysis that the power of the people is strategically using the unification card to solidify the ‘government change theory’. Kwon Young-se, head of the People’s Power Election Countermeasures Headquarters, said, “I have no intention of ruling out,” to a reporter’s question about the possibility of unification at the National Assembly today. It is not different from our position that the candidate (Suk-Yeol Yoon) should be a key participant in doing it.” In a statement the previous day, his attitude changed 180 degrees in just one day, as he said, “The predecessor headquarters has never discussed the unification of candidates and never discussed future plans.” Director Kwon’s remarks appear to have been followed by Candidate Yoon’s statement in an interview with W and that “there is no need to rule out (unification),” and that “it is a matter to be decided between Candidate Ahn and I, rather than going public and proceeding with it.” In this interview conducted on the 4th, candidate Yoon opened up the possibility of unification in the form of a negotiation aimed at a common government, such as presenting the 1997 DJP (Dae-jung Kim-Kim Jong-pil) coalition as a desirable unification model where a “chemical reaction” occurred. put Candidate Yoon, who has been reluctant to remark, saying, “The mention of unification itself is not polite to Candidate Ahn,” is evaluated to have specifically mentioned the unification of the ‘top-down method’ through discussion with Candidate Ahn. However, Candidate Yoon was wary of expanding interpretation of his remarks. After meeting with reporters after a special lecture event for presidential candidates held at the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jung-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the same day, he said, “I said that I would not rule out (unification), and I have nothing else to say.”

Ahn Cheol-soo, the presidential candidate of the People's Party, speaks at the 'G3 Policy Meeting for Leaping Up as a Powerhouse in the Digital Economy' held at the GLAD Yeouido Hotel in Seoul on the morning of the 7th.  joint photo shoot

Ahn Cheol-soo, the presidential candidate of the People’s Party, speaks at the ‘G3 Policy Meeting for Leaping Up as a Powerhouse in the Digital Economy’ held at the GLAD Yeouido Hotel in Seoul on the morning of the 7th. joint photo shoot

However, the People’s Power is judging that the ‘unification issue’ has no disadvantage for Yoon. It is said that it can bind the attention of the voters to the power of the people by acting as a ‘black hole’ that sucks in various issues regardless of whether it is successful or not. The People’s Power believes that the issue of unifying opposition candidates will also help spread the theory of regime change. While emphasizing ‘unification = regime change’, it is also possible to neutralize the strategy of differentiation from the current administration that Democratic Party candidate Lee Jae-myung naturally seeks to highlight. In addition, it is expected that candidate Yoon will be able to not only replace the theory of regime change with the theory of candidate qualities, which is comparatively inferior to that of candidate Lee, but also highlight the image that candidate Yoon is working for the unification of the opposition. An official from the People’s Power Election Countermeasures Headquarters said, “If we draw a line that says ‘unification is absolutely impossible’ and we can do well on our own, it can seem arrogant.” It will be,” he said. The People’s Power even came up with a specific plan for the unification method with Candidate Ahn. Rep. Lee Yong-ho said, “There is no time to register candidates,” he said. Kim Geun-sik, former head of the Situation Analysis Office, said, “It is possible to have productive discussions about a common government.” Some argue that unification can be discussed until the 27th, when the ballot papers are printed. However, Candidate Ahn Cheol-soo expressed strong displeasure at the theory of unification through the power of the people. Candidate Ahn said, “Yesterday you said no, but today you say (unification)? He said, “I am running with the goal of winning the election,” he said. Candidate Ahn emphasizes the ‘will to finish’ day after day, but it is an observation from inside and outside the political circles that it is inevitable to take into account the political real interest. The chances of winning the election are quite low, and as the election approaches, it is highly likely that voters’ sentiment to avoid resignation will affect Ahn’s vote. In addition, if the approval rating does not exceed 10%, the election cost, which is estimated to reach tens of billions of won, cannot be compensated, which can also act as pressure. However, if the power of the people leads to a form of de facto requesting the People’s Party to ‘capitulate the white flag’ in the process of unification discussions, there is a high possibility that it will develop into a split in the opposition in the future. An official from the People’s Party said on the same day, “The intention is to artificially attempt unification through political engineering. At the official level of our camp, ‘unification’ is a taboo word,” he said. However, another member of the People’s Party said, “The candidate has a strong will to finish,” but did not reduce the possibility, saying “it is a matter for the candidate to decide.” Correspondent Mina Kim [email protected], Reporter Yeonseo Oh [email protected]



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