South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Democratic Party are in hot water after yet another corruption scandal has shaken the country. Justice minister Cho Kuk was forced to resign Monday, just weeks after taking office, amid claims that his daughter received academic favors.
The resignation is especially cynical because Cho was tasked with justice system reform – something that President Moon promised voters after his predecessor, President Park Geun-hye, was impeached following a corruption scandal.
With the legislative elections coming up in April 2020, Democrats might be looking at their poll numbers in worry. With an economic slowdown also underway worldwide (and hitting South Korea harder than some), the Democratic party slipped to 37 percent voter approval in October, down from 53 percent in May 2018. Liberty Korea, on the other hand, has gained followers and is polling at 27 percent, up from 13 percent 18 months ago. Currently, the Democratic Party has 128 seats in the National Assembly, while Liberty Korea holds 110.