An exportable president
Park Geun-hye has proven skilful in her diplomatic dealings, but inept internal policy choices have cut the government's popular consensus to 29%.
- Tuesday, 20 October 2015
In domestic politics, the main debate of the past few years has revolved around the stability of South Korean democracy which, according to some, has been seriously undermined by Park’s rise to power. A series of scandals have raised grave doubts about Park and her Saenuri (New Frontier) Party’s ‘democratic credentials’. The most egregious incident was the alleged interference of the national intelligence agency in the 2012 presidential elections to aid in Park Geun-hye’s success. Another controversy concerned the Constitutional Court’s dissolution of the Tonghap-jinbodang (the Unified Progress Party). The party, which has just five parlimentary members, was dissolved on charges of “using violent means to overthrow the South Korean democratic system” with the intention of “ultimately establishing a North Korean-style system”.