|Rep. Yoo Seong-min (Yonhap)|
Yoo’s victory appears to be an unofficial no-confidence vote from President Park Geun-hye’s governing Saenuri Party.
Park’s approval ratings have fallen to the lower 30 percent margin according to multiple polls conducted by Gallup Korea and Realmeter.
A majority of the 158 Saenuri Party’s lawmakers participated in the vote with 84 voting for Yoo and nine abstaining. Party chair Rep. Kim Moo-sung and Prime Minister nominee Rep. Lee Wan-koo abstained.
|Rep. Won Yoo-cheol (left), Rep. Yoo Seong-min|
Yoo is expected to take a more critical approach to President Park Geun-hye’s policies. Yoo told Saenuri lawmakers he would support policies “that have the support of our people.”
“I am neither a pro-Park nor an anti-Park figure,” Yoo said before the vote. “I will strictly follow what our citizenry demands.”
Yoo is a three-term lawmaker and an economist who worked at the Korea Development Institute before entering politics.
By Jeong Hunny (email@example.com)