National Politics Archives | Be Korea-savvy

Archive by category National Politics

Virus Outbreak Sparks Concerns over 18-year-old Voters’ Apathy Toward April Elections

Virus Outbreak Sparks Concerns over 18-year-old Voters’ Apathy Toward April Elections

SEOUL, March 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The coronavirus outbreak and the repeated postponement of the new school year have made it difficult for 18-year-old voters to receive election education at schools, spawning concerns about their apathy toward the April 15 polls. In South Korea, 18-year-old voters, or those born before April 16, 2002, will be [...]

S. Korea Prioritizes Voter Safety for April Elections amid Coronavirus Pandemic

S. Korea Prioritizes Voter Safety for April Elections amid Coronavirus Pandemic

SEOUL, March 20 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea is preparing for the April 15 parliamentary elections in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, prioritizing the safety of voters and considering reducing the voting period for overseas Koreans. The outbreak of the new coronavirus has prompted the government to look how to safely hold the [...]

N. Korean Defectors Eye Politics as Weapon to Make Voice Heard

N. Korean Defectors Eye Politics as Weapon to Make Voice Heard

SEOUL, March 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Back in North Korea, Ji Seong-ho saw elections as nothing more than a formality, because even a vote against the ruling Workers’ Party-picked candidates, let alone criticism of the government, could land voters in prison. Running for office was an unthinkable privilege reserved for elites and well-connected people. That’s [...]

Coronavirus Rattles S. Korean Politics 30 Days Before April Elections

Coronavirus Rattles S. Korean Politics 30 Days Before April Elections

SEOUL, March 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The new coronavirus is rattling South Korean politics just a month before the April 15 parliamentary elections, changing the way candidates campaign and shifting the overall focus to how the government has handled the outbreak. With COVID-19 infections totaling more than 8,000, experts say the elections are widely expected [...]

April Election Candidates Halt Conventional Campaigning Due to Coronavirus

April Election Candidates Halt Conventional Campaigning Due to Coronavirus

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Candidates for the April elections have stopped conventional campaigning amid the fast spread of the new coronavirus, restricting their campaigns to social media and joining the fight against the virus. The familiar scenes of election campaigning — meeting voters, shaking hands and public speeches — are no longer being [...]

Nuclear Talks in Limbo One Year After No-deal Hanoi Summit

Nuclear Talks in Limbo One Year After No-deal Hanoi Summit

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea remain in limbo a year after their no-deal summit in Hanoi, with their engagement hamstrung by mutual distrust, domestic politics and, most recently, Pyongyang’s focus on fending off an epidemic. The second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North [...]

N.K. Defectors to Form First-ever Political Party Ahead of April Elections

N.K. Defectors to Form First-ever Political Party Ahead of April Elections

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — North Korean defectors launched a preparatory committee Tuesday to establish the first-ever political party composed of defectors in South Korea, saying the envisioned party will work for democratization of their communist homeland and better protection of defectors’ rights. Around 200 North Korean defectors came together at the meeting in [...]

High-profile N.K. Defector to Use Adopted Name in April Elections Bid

High-profile N.K. Defector to Use Adopted Name in April Elections Bid

SEOUL, Feb. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Thae Yong-ho, a high-profile North Korean defector, said Sunday he will run in April’s parliamentary elections under a different name, one that he has used in his passport and all other official documents to evade Pyongyang’s tracking since his 2016 defection. Thae, a former No. 2 diplomat at North [...]

Political Parties Ride Coattails of “Parasite” in Their Election Campaigning

Political Parties Ride Coattails of “Parasite” in Their Election Campaigning

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Rival political parties and lawmakers are attempting to capitalize on the popularity of Oscars-winning “Parasite” in their campaigning for the April 15 parliamentary elections. The ruling Democratic Party (DP) unveiled pledges Wednesday to set up a state-run cinema museum to bolster South Korean films’ forays into overseas markets. The [...]

High-profile N. Korean Defector Announces Bid to Run in April Elections

High-profile N. Korean Defector Announces Bid to Run in April Elections

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — A high-profile North Korean defector officially announced his bid to run in the April parliamentary elections Tuesday, vowing to work for inter-Korean unification if elected. Thae Yong-ho, a former senior North Korean diplomat, joined the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and will run in a constituency in Seoul [...]