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  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • by スポンサードリンク


Doomed President


 On November 4th, the South Korean Gallup announced that President Park’s approval rating plummeted to 5%, a decrease of 12% form October 28th, whereas her disapproval rating soared to 89%, an increase of 15%. The 5% of approval rating is the historically worst in South Korea. Now, South Korean politics is completely dead.      


 In 1997, when the Asian currency crisis occurred and South Korea fell under the control of the IMF, then-President Kim Yong Sam had the previously worst rating of 6%. In the same year, his second son was arrested for bribery before Kim Yong Sam finished his term in 1998.      


 During the late term of the next President Kim Dae Jung, his 3 sons were arrested for various cases of bribery.   


 And, the elder brother of the following President Roh Moo Hyun was arrested for bribery. He himself was also prosecuted for illegal campaign contributions, and committed suicide in 2009.      


 In another case, the elder brother of the former President Lee Myung Bak was taken into custody for bribery, but, fortunately for him, the current president belongs to the same party. So, he was released. However, if President Park resigns or after her term ends, we don’t know what will become of the brother or even Lee Myung Bak himself.     


 Korean society is historically nepotistic. And, Korean politicians are dishonest and selfish, without commitment to their nation. Nonetheless, South Korean president are endowed with a great deal of personal power to appropriate relatives to important positions. It’s quite natural that bribery and similar crimes occur.      


 On the other hand, they are severe to others while easy to themselves. They unfairly and even falsely condemn others. False accusations are rampant in South Korea. Historically, they work their way up at the expense of their rivals.


 Prior to the inauguration, President Park’s approval rating amounted to 80% in 2013. So far, she or her relatives have not committed bribery. However, former South Korean presidents have been arrested or gone into exile or committed suicide. I’m curious about the current president’ future after she resigns or finishes her term.     




  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • 11:47
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  • by スポンサードリンク


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