“The past two years laid the groundwork for 30 years of development through a solid and sound running of state affairs. Not all the fruits are picked during the current administration — the next administration and the people will taste the fruits. Also, under the current administration, South Korea’s once-frosty ties with the United States, China and Russia became more amicable.”
- Rep. Lee Jung-hyun, former chief public relations secretary of President Park
“The first two years of the Park Geun-hye government were marked by a destruction of the public’s livelihoods and division and confrontation. The spirit of our times, such as economic democratization and the expansion of welfare, was abandoned, while democracy and constitutional order on this land collapsed terribly. Also, Park repeatedly broke her promises to the people and deepened public distrust in politics.”
- NPAD Chairman Moon Jae-in
SEOUL, Feb. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Rival political parties gave mixed assessments of the Park Geun-hye administration Monday as they reflected on its successes and failures in its first two years in office.
The Park administration was inaugurated on Feb. 25, 2013, for a single five-year term. By law, the president cannot seek re-election.
The ruling Saenuri Party said the biggest achievements were in the areas of foreign policy and the overall running of state affairs.
Other ruling party officials, however, called on the administration to answer the public’s demands for economic revival, more jobs and better communication between the president and the people.
The main opposition party New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) claimed the administration was a failure in both politics and the economy.