Main opposition interim leader steps down after steering party to election victory

By Yonhap
  • Published : Apr 8, 2021 - 17:24
  • Updated : Apr 8, 2021 - 17:24

Kim Chong-in, interim leader of the People Power Party, delivers his farewell speech at the National Assembly in Seoul on April 8, 2021. (Yonhap)
Kim Chong-in, the interim leader of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP), resigned Thursday after steering the biggest conservative party to a landslide victory in the latest by-elections.

Kim took office as the caretaker leader of the biggest conservative party in June last year, following the party's crushing parliamentary election defeat in April.

Under Kim's leadership, the party renamed itself from the United Future Party to the current moniker and took other face-lifting measures in efforts to recover public trust and lure back voters.

Kim is widely credited with steering the PPP to the landslide victory in Wednesday's by-elections for the Seoul and Busan mayoral seats against the ruling Democratic Party.

In his farewell press conference, Kim urged the party to keep up innovation efforts.

"If the PPP mistakes the latest election victory as their own, instead of that of the people, and slows down innovation ... the very precious opportunity for the change of the government (and reclaiming the presidency) as well as the recovery of people's livelihoods will disappear," Kim noted.

After his departure, floor leader Rep. Joo Ho-young will take over as an acting chairman of the interim leadership panel until new leaders take office, possibly in May. (Yonhap)