Source: Yoon Seok-youl
Yoon Suk-yeol of the opposition party wins South Korea’s presidential election.
Yoon Suk-yeol, the opposition conservative, has won South Korea’s presidential election, Yonhap reported early Thursday, elevating a political newcomer and outspoken anti-feminist to the helm of Asia’s fourth-largest economy.
Yoon, a former senior government prosecutor who has never held elected office, was named the winner early Thursday when competitor Lee Jae-myung of the ruling Democratic Party conceded defeat.
“This is a win for the wonderful South Korean people,” Yoon addressed roaring supporters at the country’s National Assembly.
Despite a campaign dominated by mudslinging between frontrunners Yoon and Lee, voter turnout was 77.1 percent, including a record amount of early voting, with interest high and the policy stakes high in the country of 52 million people.
The two parties are philosophically opposed, and Yoon’s triumph appears to herald in a more hawkish, fiscally conservative rule after five years of dovish liberals under outgoing President Moon Jae-in.
It is also a significant triumph for the opposition People Power party, which was thrown into turmoil in 2017 after their president, Park Gung-hye, was impeached.
Analysts fear it might begin the “cycle of revenge” in South Korea’s notoriously antagonistic politics, where presidents serve only a single five-year term and every living previous leader has been imprisoned for wrongdoing after leaving office.
Yoon had promised to investigate outgoing President Moon Jae-in throughout his campaign, claiming unnamed “irregularities.”
However, in his victory address, he struck a more conciliatory tone, assuring the country that “the competition is ended today, and everyone must work together to become one.”
Yoon Seok-youl Brings a Bible to Church and Sings Hymns
On October 10, former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, a People Power Party primary candidate, attended church services while holding a Bible. He clapped as he prayed and sang hymns. Yoon was previously at the heart of a shamanic controversy when he attended a debate with the Chinese character for king written on his palm. The latest step appears to be aimed at silencing the debate and attracting Christian votes.
Yoon Seok-youl chose the church for his first public action after entering the People Power Party presidential primary. He paid a visit to the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul on Sunday. He got out of the automobile, holding a Bible, and bent and prayed during the service. He also clapped along with the hymns and met with Lee Young-hoon, the senior pastor of the Full Gospel Church, following the service.
“I desire those who become leaders of our country will not dispute over small concerns,” Reverend Lee stated, adding, “I hope they will give the people dreams and hope.” He then prayed for Yoon, saying, “May the Lord use him to bring the nation together and keep him from making the same error of returning to the past.” Yoon Seok-youl replied, “Thank you for your service.” “I shall take the pastor’s advice.”
Yoon shared a photo from his youth shot at church on his social media account today. “Summer Bible School days when Seok-youl used to consume three bowls of rice a meal,” he added.
Such acts appear to be an attempt to avoid shamanic attacks. Yoon had previously participated in three TV discussions of the party’s primary candidates with the Chinese character wang (), which signifies “king,” scrawled on his palm. This raised the possibility of a shamanic enchantment. Following his visit with Master Cheon Gong, who provides Jungbub (the principles for living properly) lectures and acupuncture procedures on a specific body area, he came under fire for supposed shamanism. Yoon’s recent measures appear to have been prompted by concerns that religious voters, notably Christian voters, could be turned off by charges of shamanism.
Panelists at CPAC warn that South Korea is “in danger” of falling under “communist” dictatorship.
A North Korean defector claims that the democratic South Korea is on the verge of becoming a communist state as a result of the prospect of a “pro-China” and “pro-North Korea” candidate winning the 2018 presidential election.
Thursday marked the first full day of programming for the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists. For the second year in a row, the conference was held in Orlando, Florida, rather than National Harbor, Maryland, where it had previously been held.
Thursday was the first full day of the conference, which coincided with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “I Escaped Communist North Korea,” one of the opening panels of this year’s conference, was titled. However, it opened with a lengthy discussion of Russia by national security specialists KT McFarland and Gordon Chang before introducing North Korean defector Lee Hyun-Seung.
Lee, now known as “Arthur,” works for KCPAC, the Korean equivalent of CPAC. He was blunt about where he believes South Korea is headed, despite the fact that it has been an American friend for many years.
Lee bemoaned on the main stage alongside CPAC Executive Director Dan Schneider that “the President of South Korea [Moon Jae-in] is a socialist” and that “the candidate to replace the current socialist [Lee-Jae Myung] is a communist.”
Schneider stated during the discussion that “that communist has greater ties to the Chinese Communist Party and North Korea than to the United States.”
The South Korean presidential election, set for March 9, pits Democratic Party of Korea nominee Lee-Jae Myung against People Power Party candidate Yoon Suk-Yeol.