Representative Lee Jae-myung is running for party leadership: The DONG-A ILBO

Lawmaker Lee Jae-myung said Sunday he would run for party leadership at the Democratic Party of Korea’s main opposition national convention scheduled for August 28. His joining the race for party chairman was announced about four months after his defeat in the March 9 presidential election as well as a month and a half after he was elected deputy in Gyeyang B district of Incheon. in the June 1 by-elections. Lee said at a press conference, “I will help bring victory to the party,” promising that he will bring total change to everything other than the party until South Korean citizens say, “ That’s enough. The next national convention will see the competition for the party presidency between Representative Lee, candidates who were born in the 1970s and attended college in the 1990s, and those who are not part of the pro-Lee group.

The demands of the pro-Lee circle have been reflected in discussions about the rules that will apply to the national convention. According to their claims, the ratio of public opinion polls reflected on a cut in the primary will be 30% while the extent of the authority of the party president will not be reduced as demanded by those in the the opposite of Lee in decision making. treat. In response, this is seen by those inside and outside the party as de facto confirmation that Rep. Lee, the former presidential candidate who has achieved great popularity with the public, apparently has influence. major on the party.

The DP’s national convention is meant to provide an opportunity for the party to reinvent itself after the recent string of presidential election defeats in local elections. However, if the focal point of the event remains only on Lee’s influence across the party, the question of whether Lee is qualified for leadership will leave all other important issues unnoticed. This will make it difficult for the party to work hard to overcome the pitfalls of fandom-based politics and propaganda campaigns. As Lee also proposed to leave behind political conflicts and ideologies, he should lead discussions to start this process.

Some party members fear Rep. Lee may not have had more time to reflect on his responsibility for a string of presidential defeats before running for party president. That is, some assume that Lee is rushing to take over as party leader to protect himself from legal risk. If party-wide power is wielded to remove any legal risk on behalf of its president, he will inevitably find himself in a bulletproof vest. This scenario will never give the DP any chance to benefit the general public and rise to an acceptable level.

Lee’s candidacy for party president sparked a furious debate between pro-Lee members and a bloc against him. A heated debate is going on day after day online and offline, which is even considered a psychological dismantling of the party. The bone of contention is the right of nomination of the president of the party for the next legislative elections. If such a level of discord lasts any longer, the integration policy will never be realized, no matter who becomes the party leader. It may seem absurd to promise to achieve nationwide integration and governance between ruling and opposition parties at a time when unsuccessful attempts are being made to resolve factional conflicts within the party. . So Rep. Lee should come up with a fair nominating system even to assuage worried voices.