Photo: Lee Jun-seok. Credit: People Power Party.
It is a storied tradition in South Korean politics for a major politician who lost in an internal power struggle to set up his own party. Will Lee Jun-seok 이준석, former chairman of the People Power Party 국민의힘, take this path? One poll suggests that if he does, he would carve out a meaningful position.
According to a Kuki News 쿠키뉴스/Hangil Research 한길리서치 poll from September 21, 35.9% said they would support a new party founded by Lee, who rose to prominence by riding the wave of young men’s misogynistic grievances but was ousted after obstructing investigation into the allegation that he received sex as bribes. (See previous coverage, “Lee Jun-seok in the Wilderness.”)