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36-year-old Lee Jun-seok to lead main opposition People Power Party Updated: 2021-06-11 16:39:47 KST

South Korea's main opposition party, the People Power Party, today elected a new leader.
36-year-old Lee Jun-seok has become the first 30-something to lead a political party in South Korea.
Our Kim Do-yeon has more.
Thirty-six year old Lee Jun-seok has been elected as the new chairman of South Korea's main opposition, the People Power Party.
This is the first time a major party in South Korea has been led by someone in their thirties.

"You guys made me the chairman. I say that "you" with the emphasis as a subject rather than an object. You've stepped into history with me. And you hold shares in the history we're going to make. I want to emphasize "co-existence" the most."

Lee, an entrepreneur-turned politician, has been the face of the party's younger generation since 2011, despite never being a lawmaker.
His victory signals supporters' demand for a generational switch; away from old faces with younger generations wanting their voices heard and a change in the political arena.
This was reflected by a significant lead in the votes from private citizens via phone and the Internet which accounted for 70 percent of the final tally.
Lee is already responding by changing the way his party will appoint new positions, such as by making contenders for party spokesperson debate over the position.
However his biggest task will be leading the party into the Presidential Election next year including the primaries.

"You have to be more open when the younger generation speaks. Blind criticism just because you don't support the candidate will not be tolerated."

Lee spoke with President Moon Jae-in over the phone following his win.
Moon told Lee that this was not only a historical victory, but also a sign of change in Korean society.
Lee also told the President that the People Power Party will try to be helpful to the government in the fight against COVID-19.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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