November 26, 2022

Rep. Kweon Seong-dong, an in depth confidant and a buddy of President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, was elected the brand new ground chief of the soon-to-be ruling Folks Energy Social gathering (PPP) on Friday.

Kweon beat Rep. Cho Hae-jin to develop into the ground chief after garnering 81 of 102 votes solid throughout a common assembly of PPP lawmakers on the Nationwide Meeting.

The four-term lawmaker is taken into account certainly one of Yoon’s closest confidants often called “Yoonhaekgwan” — an abbreviation of “Yoon Suk-yeol’s core associates” in Korean — that additionally embody Reps. Chang Je-won and Yoon Han-hong of the identical get together.

“I really feel heavy accountability,” Kweon mentioned after the election. “Though I’m near the president-elect, I’ll converse simple and provides bitter recommendation based mostly on our deeply trusted relationship, in order that our get together and the Yoon authorities don’t lose favor within the folks’s eyes.”

Rep. Kweon Seong-dong of the People Power Party (PPP) speaks during a general meeting of PPP lawmakers at the National Assembly in Seoul on April 8, 2022. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

Rep. Kweon Seong-dong (C) of the Folks Energy Social gathering (PPP) poses for a photograph with get together management after he was elected the brand new ground chief within the soon-to-be ruling get together’s common assembly on the Nationwide Meeting in Seoul on April 8, 2022. (Pool picture) (Yonhap)

Kweon, 61, has additionally been buddies with Yoon since childhood when the 2 met throughout visits to their respective households within the jap coastal metropolis of Gangneung.

He’s recognized to have steered Yoon’s marketing campaign from the beginning, serving as Yoon’s chief of workers and the get together’s secretary-general earlier than resigning early this yr amid an inner feud.

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Kweon can be tasked to guide his get together towards the Democratic Social gathering (DP) in coping with points like getting Nationwide Meeting approval for Yoon’s Cupboard member nominations, an additional finances invoice for the pandemic-hit small retailers and different laws topics associated to Yoon’s incoming authorities.

The PPP solely has 110 of the whole 300 Meeting seats, whereas the DP has 172.

“The responsibility of the primary ground chief below the Yoon administration can be swiftly legislating and executing key insurance policies of the federal government,” Kweon mentioned. “I’ll ask for cooperation and persuade opposition events to hold out these duties in keeping with the federal government.”

Kweon, a former prosecutor, additionally vowed to assist the PPP members win native elections in June.