PPP Elects Up-and-Coming Young Leader

  • By Lee Hyun-yi

    June 11, 2021 14:03

    The main opposition People Power Party on Friday elected novice lawmaker Lee Jun-seok as its new leader.

    Lee, who is only in his late 30s, is the youngest-ever leader to take the helm of a major party in modern Korean politics.

    His term at the helm lasts two years and will see him take the floundering conservative party into the next presidential election.

    People Power Party lawmaker Lee Jun-seok waves the party flag in Seoul on Friday. /Yonhap

    In the combined tally of votes cast by party members and a public opinion poll, Lee secured 43.82 percent, defeating veteran rivals like high-profile lawmaker Na Kyung-won (37.14 percent) and five-term lawmaker and former floor leader Joo Ho-young (14.02 percent).

    Lee, a Harvard graduate, started his political career at the age of 26 in 2011 when he was scouted by then-party leader Park Geun-hye.

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