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Populism mars election

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Rival parties hit for 'more relief money' pledges

Both the ruling and opposition parties are inviting criticism for going too far in floating the idea of granting more "emergency disaster relief money" to more people. This suggests they are all too engrossed in wooing voters with populist campaign pledges ahead of the April 15 general election. It also gives the impression that they don't care about the country's fiscal health, but only about winning at the polls.

Hwang Kyo-ahn, chairman of the main opposition United Future Party (UFP), started the competition for the money provision. On Sunday, he proposed giving 500,000 won to every citizen to help them ride out the difficulties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. His suggestion came after the government........

© The Korea Times