President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks during a meeting of the Central Headquarters of Disasters and Security Countermeasures on measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic at the government complex in Seoul last Friday. (Yonhap)
President Yoon Suk-yeol has decided not to travel to provincial areas for this week’s vacation and will instead stay in Seoul to consider how to navigate the current political unrest, government officials said Monday. ruling party and the presidential office.
The decision came as Yoon’s approval ratings were unusually low – below 30% in some surveys – for a president with less than three months in office, amid worsening economic conditions and unrest within of the ruling party, people’s power, are getting worse.
Yoon is taking five days off from Monday for vacation.
“I understand that President Yoon and the first lady have decided not to go to the provinces during this holiday,” said an official from the presidential office.
Another official said: “In the current situation, holidays are not holidays.”
While at home, Yoon is expected to listen to the opinions of people from various walks of life, according to officials.
Yoon’s approval rating dipped below 30% following the embarrassing disclosure of a controversial text conversation with the ruling party leader.
Last week, PPP leader Kweon Seong-dong apologized after a text message conversation he had with Yoon was caught on camera, in which Yoon was seen slandering the head of the suspended party Lee Jun-seok.
“President Yoon thinks the confusion in the party should be resolved quickly,” said another presidential official, adding that Yoon’s top priority was how to appease public opinion. (Yonhap)