President Moon Jae-in is calling the ruling Democratic Party's defeat in the mayoral by-elections a reprimand from the public.
He was quoted as saying he will carry out state affairs with greater responsibility to meet the public's demands.
Here's the presidential spokesperson.
"President Moon said he will carry on with his duties with a humble demeanor and with a heavier sense of responsibility. He will concentrate efforts to fulfill citizens' desperate demands such as overcoming COVID-19, revitalizing the economy, stabilizing people's livelihoods and rooting out real estate corruption."
Facing its new reality, there's speculation the administration could review some of its key policies, as well as carry out a Cabinet reshuffle in a bid to get some fresh momentum.