Moon cau­tions against ‘ar­ro­gance’ af­ter vic­tory

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Kim Rahn rah­nita@ko­re­atimes.co.kr

Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in said Thurs­day that the huge public sup­port for the rul­ing Demo­cratic Party of Korea (DPK) in Wed­nes­day’s lo­cal elec­tions and the by-elec­tions for par­lia­men­tary seats would give the govern­ment mo­men­tum in pur­su­ing its re­form drives.

He ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the peo­ple as the rul­ing party clinched a land­slide vic­tory across the coun­try.

“I know the huge vic­tory does not mean I did well in all state af­fairs,” Moon said in a state­ment. “The peo­ple showed their trust in me de­spite my short­falls. That’s why I thank them more.”

The Pres­i­dent said he would hold him­self in check. “I’ll be cau­tious not to get drunk with the elec­tion re­sults and be­come ar­ro­gant. I have hefty prom­ises to keep and prob­lems to solve. They may not be easy (to keep and solve) but I’ll seek to do so by keep­ing in mind that the peo­ple are at the cen­ter of state af­fairs.”

DPK Chair­woman Choo Mi-ae also said the party’s land­slide vic­tory is the peo­ple’s strict com­mand to es­tab­lish peace and re­vive the econ­omy by as­sist­ing the Moon ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“The peo­ple bade farewell to re­gion­al­ism, McCarthy­ism and the Cold War le­gacy and chose a fu­ture of peace, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity,” Choo said in a party meet­ing at the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

Her re­marks in­di­cated the crush­ing de­feat of the con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion par­ties, es­pe­cially the main con­ser­va­tive Lib­erty Korea Party (LKP), which claimed Moon’s peace over­ture and the rec­on­cil­ia­tory mood with North Korea would threaten na­tional se­cu­rity.

“We’ll bear their opin­ion in mind, and, as the rul­ing party, ful­fill our du­ties with more re­spon­si­bil­ity and mod­esty,” she said.

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