The newly-installed People Power Party’s leader Lee Jun-seok, 36, made history as the youngest leader of the opposition party after his victory in an election on Friday.
The politician won against his opponent Na Kyung-won, according to the party. Na, who served as a floor leader of the conservatives, also bid for the chairmanship.
The election commission of the PPP earlier conducted a vote among 328, 000 electors starting Monday until Thursday. To identify the winner, the election has derived 70 percent from the combination of votes from party members while the 30 percent was from the general public through opinion surveys.
Lee garnered 43.8 percent from the 45.36 percent final voting turnout while Na got 37.1 percent of the vote. The voting turnout also became the highest since 2017 when mobile voting started.
The new PPP leader, upon his victory, said that it is coexistence he wanted to stress most.
“I am confident that I can coexist with other thoughts and not be bound by the past,” Lee said. “(Older people) should be tolerant of young people speaking their opinions and the barbarity of (people) blindly cursing a candidate simply because they don’t support the candidate should disappear.”
Lee also held a press briefing following his confirmation as the new PPP leader. He promised to create a space that will allow more candidates to run for presidency.
“The presidential (primary) race within the party will be much richer,” he said/ “Task number one is to create areas for them to be confident.”
Among those he mentioned that he will prepare a stage for presidency are ex-Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl; chairman of the People Party, Ahn Cheol-soo; and chairman of the Board of Audit and Inspection, Choi Jae-hyung — all from outside the PPP.