Yoon to hold press conference Thursday marking 2 years in office

President Yoon Suk Yeol holds an official press conference at the presidential office in Yongsan District, Seoul, to commemorate his first 100 days in office in this  Aug. 17, 2022 photo. Korea Times photo by Seo Jae-hoon

President Yoon Suk Yeol is set to present his stance on multiple politically contentious issues in a press conference at the presidential office, Thursday, on the eve of the second anniversary of his inauguration, his office said Monday.This will be his second press conference, following the first one held on Aug. 17, 2022, where he marked his first 100 days in office. Since then, Yoon has primarily communicated through pre-recorded interviews or public addresses without taking questions from reporters.The decision to hold this rare press conference is viewed as a clear attempt to address public criticism regarding Yoon’s perceived lack of communication and uncompromising approach, which were identified as some of the reasons behind the ruling People Power Party’s (PPP) crushing defeat in the April 10 general elections. On April 16, the president interpreted the election outcome as a public evaluation of his governance style, underscoring the importance of effective communication with the people.

The success or failure of the event will largely depend on how convincing Yoon’s arguments are regarding multiple controversies, such as corruption allegations involving the first lady, Kim Keon Hee, and the government’s alleged interference in an investigation into the death of a Marine.Additionally, his ability to address key policy issues, including plans to increase medical school enrollment quotas, will be crucial in determining the event’s outcome. The president’s ability to provide clear and satisfactory explanations and demonstrate effective leadership in addressing these contentious issues will be critical to winning back public trust and confidence.“President Yoon has expressed his willingness to increase communication with the public through the media,” an official at the presidential office said. “The press conference is aimed at giving detailed explanations about what the public wants to know as well as some misunderstanding.”During the event, Yoon will discuss his administration’s performance over the past two years and outline his plans for the next three years in an address to the public. He will then move to a press conference venue for a question-and-answer 스포츠토토존 session covering a wide range of topics.

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