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Moon's waning popularity

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'Cho Kuk factor' presents dilemma for President

President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has plunged to its lowest level since his inauguration in May 2017 in two different surveys.

Moon's popularity is falling remarkably after he appointed his former aide Cho Kuk as justice minister on Sept. 9 despite strong protests the opposition and heightened anti-Cho sentiment among the people in the wake of massive media reports about his family's possible involvement in corruption.

The liberal President ran the risk of losing public support by going ahead with Cho's appointment because he had strong confidence in the law professor, who had spearheaded reforming the prosecution, one of Moon's major priorities, as a senior civil affairs secretary from May 2017 to July this year. That was surely a risky political gamble.


© The Korea Times