Moon cautions against ‘arrogance’ after victory
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.