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Event Series Event Series: Asia in Review Election Monitor 2024

Previewing the 2024 South Korean General Elections: Campaigns, Controversies, and Consequences 

April 3 from 15:30 - 17:00 BMT

Asia in Review event series on elections in 2024 

 Online panel discussion 


Previewing the 2024 South Korean General Elections:

Campaigns, Controversies, and Consequences 


3 April 2024, 3:30-5:00 pm ICT (GMT+7), online via Zoom video conferencing 


Concept Note

South Korea will hold legislative elections on April 10, 2024, marking a critical juncture in the country’s political landscape. At the heart of the electoral contest is the question of whether the People Power Party (PPP) of President Yoon Suk-yeol can overcome the majority held by the Democratic Party (DP) in the National Assembly. 

With President Yoon approximately two years into his tenure, the election serves as a litmus test of public confidence in his leadership. With the constitution allowing for only one single 5-year term of presidency, a potential defeat for the PPP would render Yoon a lame duck for the remaining three years of his term, exacerbating political uncertainty. 

The President faces mounting pressure stemming from various controversies, including allegations surrounding his wife’s acceptance of a luxury bag from a pastor in 2022, his hardline stance during the doctors’ strike against the government’s proposed medical recruitment increase, and the contentious appointment of former defense minister Lee Jong-sup as ambassador to Australia amidst allegations of abuse of power against Lee. 

Meanwhile, the DP grapples with internal strife, characterized by a rift over candidate nominations, prominent lawmakers defecting from the party, and accusations of favoritism against party leader Lee Jae-myung, leading to what some describe as a “purge” of dissenting voices. 

Against the backdrop of neck-and-neck polling figures between the country’s two major parties, the panel discussion will delve into the pre-election landscape, examining the unfolding campaigns and controversies. Furthermore, the discussion will assess the potential ramifications for South Korea’s domestic political dynamics and foreign policy direction.


(The event will be held in English.)



April 3
15:30 - 17:00 BMT
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Panel Discussion / Roundtable