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Main opposition party in turmoil after chairman barely escapes arrest
The main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) is plagued by factional strife after its leader, Lee Jae-myung, narrowly escaped arrest in Monday's National Assembly vote. Some of his own party members voted to approve a request by prosecutors to take him into custody on charges of corruption and bribery. The DPK's leadership, Tuesday, called for unity between party membe...
Main opposition leader narrowly escapes arrest after National Assembly vote
Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) Chairman Lee Jae-myung barely escaped arrest, Monday, amid a relentless pursuit by prosecutors accusing him of corruption and bribery. The National Assembly narrowly voted down a motion to arrest Lee despite the DPK's parliamentary majority. The highly unexpected result is feared to wreak havoc on his leadership, pave the way for factional infi...
Samsung heir to lead Visit Korea Committee
Lee Boo-jin, CEO of Hotel Shilla, will lead the Visit Korea Committee, a public-private organization leading the Visit Korea Year campaign. The committee held a board meeting, Friday, and elected the 53-year-old as its new chairwoman. She will be spearheading the Visit Korea Year 2023-2024 campaign.
Yoon administration's personnel vetting process draws more flak
The presidential office and police are facing heavy criticism for their failure to properly screen Chung Sun-sin who was named head of the National Office of Investigation, as his son was involved in a school violence case. The case was first reported by the media five years ago.
President pledges all-out efforts to bolster exports
President Yoon Suk Yeol, Thursday, highlighted the importance of expanding exports and assisting startups, saying they are the only way to overcome the comprehensive economic difficulties that Korea faces. To this end, Yoon stressed that the country should find a breakthrough by tapping into the export potential of the food and cultural content industries. He highlighted thei...
[Reporter's notebook] Taming unions should not be end goal of Yoon's labor market reform
President Yoon Suk Yeol appears to be highlighting the widening generational divide in Korea's labor unions as a strategy to secure a stronger argument for his initiative to reform the country's labor-management relations. However, calls are growing for the president to avoid exploiting the divide as a tool to tame labor unions, and instead approach it as a chance to blend di...
Feud deepens between gov't and labor unions
A conflict between the government and labor unions has been escalating as President Yoon Suk Yeol tightens the reins on Korea's labor unions, warning that authorities will not turn a blind eye to “illegal practices” committed by “militant” construction unions. “At construction sites, militant labor unions are still blatantly committing illegal practices such as demanding brib...
KF-21 two-seat version succeeds in test flight
A two-seat version of Korea's domestically developed KF-21 fighter completed its first test flight successfully, the state arms procurement agency said, Monday. The success came seven months after the first prototype of the single-seat 4.5-generation fighter jet had a successful test flight.
DPK wary of fallout from blocking chairman's arrest
Concerns are growing within the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) over the possible fallout due to its rejection of a motion to arrest its Chairman Lee Jae-myung, as it may come across as the party trying to make its leader “bulletproof,” regardless of the political cost. According to the National Assembly, lawmakers will hold a vote, Feb. 27, on whether they wi...
Opposition tests President Yoon with labor, rice control law revisions
The main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) has thrown a challenge to President Yoon Suk Yeol following the former's attempt to pass revisions to labor and rice control acts, which contradict presidential policy direction.
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