The JoongAng Ilbo looks at some of the folk who are likely to play major roles in the Park Geun-hye administration.
The two men at the center of Team Park are Rep. Choi Kyung-hwan and former lawmaker Kim Moo-sung.
Choi was the first head of Park’s campaign team, but when Park’s numbers began plummeting due to historical issues, he took responsibility and resigned. As the Chosun Ilbo notes, though, he’s been taking separate orders from Park since, and he’s considered “one of the most influential of the influential.”
Kim and ran a very effective campaign as Park’s “field general.” He’s an interesting figure—he was passed over for nomination by the GNP/SNP not once but twice. The first time was in 2008, when he was one of several Park loyalists who were virtually purged from the party ahead of the general election. He ran in his district in Busan as an independent, won, and rejoined the party. Then this year, he was passed over for nomination again. Rather than leave the party and possibly cause a split, he fell on his sword and stepped aside. This is credited with keeping the party intact, leading to the SNP’s surprising victory in the April general election.
Some other names you’ll probably be hearing a lot in days to come are Yu Jeong-bok, Hong Mun-jong, Seo Byeong-su, Lee Ju-yeong, Yun Sang-hyeon, Lee Hak-jae, Lee Sang-il and Gwon Yeong-se.
At any rate, Park plans to name the head of her transition team by Dec 23 and fill out the rest of the team by the 26th, or at the least by the end of the year. One of the biggest gripes Park’s people had with Lee Myung-bak early on was that LMB filled his transition team out largely with his own people. Park is expected to include a lot of academic types and experts in her transition team. She’s also expected to include politicians from outside the Yeongnam region and perhaps even opposition figures. In particular, don’t be surprised if a non-politician gets named as the head of the team.
Oh, and the “keywords” of the incoming administration include taetangpyeong (basically, overcoming factionalism), citizen unity, 100% Republic of Korea, economic democratization, coexistence, era of citizen happiness, strong security and diplomacy of trust, and proper historical understanding.