PM insists on political neutrality and discipline ahead of key elections

Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum speaks at the government’s New Year’s launch ceremony at the government complex in Seoul on Monday. (Yonhap)

Prime Minister Kim Boo-Kyum on Monday called on officials to maintain political neutrality and discipline as the country prepares for this year’s presidential and local elections.

“Please refrain from any activity that could be misinterpreted before the election,” Kim said at the government’s New Year’s launch ceremony in Seoul. “We will strictly deal with activities concerning the production or provision of government policy data in an informal manner.”

South Korea is due to hold the presidential election on March 9 and local elections on June 1.

Last year, Kim delivered a similar message when officials from the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Gender Equality were accused of ordering their employees to come up with ideas for election promises to candidates for election. the presidential election.

Kim also called on officials to focus on helping impoverished people amid the COVID-19 crisis, saying they should not be left behind in the recovery process.

Citing the urea solution supply crisis, Kim then called on officials to respond proactively by carefully observing the international situation. He also highlighted efforts to form an “innovative” government in the face of major transitions such as the contactless trend and the low carbon economy. (Yonhap)

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