October 16, 2019 12:25
Bloomberg News has spotted parallels between President Moon Jae-in's current troubles and the huge corruption scandal and ensuing mass protests that brought down his predecessor Park Geun-hye.
"Moon's decision to appoint one of his former secretaries to the justice minister's post despite the investigations drew comparisons to Park's cronyism," it said.
The scandal surrounding Cho Kuk, who finally resigned Monday, "has increased the political peril for Moon just as he begins to prepare for nationwide parliamentary elections in April."
More saliently, "the episode shows that [Moon] hasn't broken the boom-and-bust cycle of [Korean] presidents, who often see scandals mount and agendas stall in the second half of their single five-year term," the daily observed.
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