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2020 General Election D-8: S. Korean citizens' expectations for next National Assembly Updated: 2020-04-07 17:04:31 KST

Many Korean citizens have stressed that a new National Assembly would need to work on certain economic measures following the COVID-19 outbreak.

"We need economic measures that could help the self-employed who are almost in bankruptcy, and those who are on the brink of being out of work. Preventive measures against a pandemic, such as having an independent body that takes care of people's health, are also needed.

"Of course, COVID-19 made things worse but I believe retailers had been having a hard time even before the outbreak. I hope those elected can find ways for the poor to have a better quality of life."

Some believed that South Korea could find ways to boost the economy if parties can overcome ideological differences.

"Instead of fighting over ideology, I hope those elected this time could prioritize the economy. I believe the COVID-19 outbreak might be a chance for South Korea to start the third Korean Wave in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological sectors, if ruling and opposition parties work together."

Citizens also demanded policies for the youth.

"Policies that are actually helpful for people are needed amid the COVID-19 outbreak, especially for employment, loans and house leasing for young people.

"I am currently looking for a job so I hope there will be more jobs for young people."

Some wanted politicians to really look into each district's particular issues and come up with solutions.

"Those elected are representatives of each district. So I believe they need to come up with helpful policies that could actually tackle the issues in their district."

“In the upcoming general elections, people seem to be looking for candidates who have answers to the current economic challenges, and who can find ways to help those citizens who are suffering. Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News."
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