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South Korea’s President Yoon apologises to citizens after party’s election defeat

President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday apologised after his ruling People Power Party (PPP) suffered a crushing defeat in last week’s parliamentary elections.

• April 16, 2024
President Yoon Suk Yeol at polling booth
President Yoon Suk Yeol at polling booth [Credit; The New York Times]

President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday apologised after his ruling People Power Party (PPP) suffered a crushing defeat in last week’s parliamentary elections.

Mr Yoon, who made the remark during a cabinet meeting, failed to look into what people wanted and uphold their will.

“I, as the president, am at fault first,” according to a senior presidential official.

The apology came six days after the PPP was routed in the April 10 elections, winning only 108 seats in the 300-member National Assembly.

“I am sorry for failing to look properly into and uphold the will of the people,” Mr Yoon said.

Interpreting the election defeat as a public evaluation of the way he runs the government, Mr Yoon emphasised the importance of communication with the people.

“We must all humbly accept the public sentiment revealed in the general elections,” he said. “I will communicate more with a humbler and more flexible attitude and be the first to listen carefully to the public sentiment.” 

(Yonhap/NAN)

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