S. Korea begins loudspeaker broadcasts to inform N. Koreans of Kim Jong-nam’s murder

South Korea’s military began loudspeaker broadcasts over the weekend to inform ordinary North Koreans of the murder of the communist state’s leader Kim Jong-un’s half brother, military officials said Wednesday.

The move aims to underscore the brutality of the dictatorial ruler in Pyongyang, whom Seoul believes masterminded the assassination of Kim Jong-nam at an airport in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 13.


“We have made broadcasts through 34 loudspeakers along the inter-Korean border to inform North Korean soldiers and civilians that their leader Kim Jong-un was behind the killing of his elder half brother Kim Jong-nam,” a military official told Yonhap News Agency.

Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, was allegedly assassinated by two women under directions from North Korean agents. He had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the reclusive North.

The propaganda broadcasts using loudspeakers installed near the heavily fortified border have been Seoul’s crucial means of psychological warfare.

Past broadcasts highlighted the South’s economic achievements and the benefits of liberal democracy, and brought attention to the importance of human rights — a reason why Pyongyang called them a “threat” to its communist system. (Yonhap)




Former Minjoo Adviser Calls Election Outcome People’s Judgment over Monopoly of Power


A former senior adviser to the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea, Sohn Hak-kyu, says the outcome of last week’s general elections clearly revealed the DNA of the pro-democracy civil uprising of April 19th, 1960.

Sohn made the remark to reporters after visiting the April 19th National Cemetery in northern Seoul on Tuesday to mark the 56th anniversary of the April 19th Revolution.

Sohn said that the elections had demonstrated the people’s judgment over forces that engage in the monopoly of power. The former adviser said that the April uprising is the DNA of the Korean people’s spirit and such DNA naturally emerges when power is monopolized. He said that is what had occurred during the May 18th Democratization Movement and the June Democratic Uprising.

Sohn also said that youths are angry and their votes stirred what he called an “election revolution” in last week’s parliamentary polls. He then urged the lawmakers of the 20th National Assembly to be clearly aware that all power comes from the people and that they must serve the people.

Main Opposition Defeats Ruling Party in General Elections



The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea(MPK) defeated the ruling Saenuri Party in yesterday’s nationwide parliamentary elections, marking the first time in 16 years that the opposition has held a legislative majority.

With 99-point-nine percent of the votes counted as of 6 a.m. Thursday, the main opposition secured 123 legislative seats. The governing party won 122. The minor opposition People’s Party and the Justice Party won 38 and six seats, respectively.

The National Election Commission(NEC) reported that the MPK won in 110 of the 253 voting districts. The commission added that the Saenuri won 105, while the People’s Party won 25 and the Justice Party won in two districts. Independents won in eleven districts.

Of the 47 proportional representation seats, the Saenuri won 17. The MPK and the People’s Party won 13 seats each. The Justice Party earned four.

EXIT POLL: Ruling Saenuri Fails to Secure Parliament Majority



Anchor: South Korea’s 20th general elections have come to a close, with exit poll results showing that the ruling party has failed to garner a majority of the parliament, for the first time in 16 years. The minor opposition People’s Party appears to have emerged as a powerful alternative party as it was anticipated to have won up to over 40 seats.
Our Kim Bum-soo reports.

Report: Exit poll results show that the ruling Saenuri Party has won around 121 to 143 seats at the general elections, failing to garner a majority of the 300-member parliament.

Key South Korean broadcasters, including KBS, MBC and SBS, and the Korean Broadcasters Association released the results of their poll at 6 p.m. Wednesday as voting for the general elections wrapped up.

In the analysis of the result by KBS, the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea is predicted to have won around 101 to 123 seats.

The minor opposition People’s Party is forecast to have gained around 34 to 41 seats. Cochairman Ahn Cheol-soo is predicted to have won his district of Nowon in Seoul as well, garnering over 50 percent of voter support.

In the highly contested Jongno district in Seoul, former main opposition party chief Rep. Chung Sye-kyun is predicted to have secured about 51 percent of votes against former Seoul mayor Oh Se-hoon of the Saenuri Party, who received about 42-point-4 percent of voter support.

In the traditional ruling party stronghold of Daegu’s Suseong district, main opposition party candidate Kim Boo-kyum gained about 62 percent of the votes, while former Gyeonggi Provincial Governor Kim Moon-soo got only about 38 percent.

The Justice Party, meanwhile, was forecast to have secured about five to six seats.

Commissioned by the broadcasters and the association, pollsters TNS Korea, Korea Research Center and Research & Research conducted the survey at all 253 electoral districts on a total of around 850-thousand voters immediately after they cast their ballots.

The survey has a 95 percent confidence level with a margin of error of plus or minus two-point-two to six-point-nine percentage points.

KBS, MBC and SBS came up with different predictions on the same survey results as they used different analysis methods.

MBC predicted that the ruling party to have gained between 118 and 136 seats against the Minjoo Party securing around 107 to 128 seats. SBS forecast the ruling party to have won somewhere between 123 to 147 seats while the Minjoo Party securing between 97 and 120 seats.

For the 2012 general elections, KBS’ exit poll analysis demonstrated a 93 percent accuracy, correctly predicting winners from 229 out of 246 districts.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.

Survey: 66.6% of S. Koreans Intend to Vote in General Elections


In a recent survey, 66-point-six percent of South Koreans said that they will definitely vote in the April 13 general elections, an increase of eight-and-a-half percentage points from the previous general elections.

According to the survey commissioned by the National Election Commission(NEC), the rate was highest in Gwangju and Jeolla Province at 70-point-six percent, followed by Incheon and Gyeonggi Province at 69-point-five percent, and Busan, Ulsan and South Gyeongsang Province at 66-point-six percent.

Thirty three-point-three percent of the respondents said that they will consider the competency of candidates when voting, while 28 percent said they will focus on policies or election pledges. Nineteen percent said that they will elect candidates based on party affiliation.

Among the respondents who said that they will not vote, 49 percent felt things would not change, while 20 percent said that they are not interested in politics.

The telephone survey was conducted last Monday and Tuesday by Research and Research on 15-hundred voters over the age of 19.

The poll had a 95 percent confidence level with a margin of error of plus or minus two-point-five percentage points.

New party gaining support in S.Korea’s election


New party gaining support in S.Korea’s election

South Korea’s general election on Wednesday could determine the success or failure of President Park Geun-hye’s remaining 2 years in office. Opinion polls suggest her ruling Saenuri Party is losing support while a newly formed minority group is gaining momentum.

Voters are turning away from the Saenuri Party because of a division between the party’s members.

Low public support has forced the party to downgrade its target from winning 180 seats to 135. This is less than a majority in the 300-member parliament.

In contrast, the People’s Party is gaining momentum.
The final pre-election survey released on Wednesday suggests their support rate stands at 16.8 percent…up 6 points in the past 4 weeks.

The party is a splinter from the main opposition group and headed by high-profile politician Ahn Cheol-soo.

The software mogul is showing his willingness to run for the next presidential election in December 2017.

Parties Continue to Canvass on Final Weekend Before General Elections

Write : 2016-04-09 14:06:42 Update : 2016-04-09 14:13:55

Rival parties are continuing full-fledged efforts to promote themselves and their candidates as the general election day nears.

Ruling Saenuri Party Chairman Kim Moo-sung visited the eastern Gangwon Province for the first time during the official campaign period. He told the voters that not voting for Saenuri would only help the opposition party.

Main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea Chairman Kim Chong-in is campaigning at the Daejeon, Chungcheong area, before returning to the Seoul metropolitan area.

Minor opposition People’s Party Co-Chairman Ahn Cheol-soo is canvassing in Seoul, criticizing Saenuri and the Minjoo Party for showing harmful consequences of those with vested rights.