|President Yoon Suk-yeol talks with the leadership of the ruling People Power Party, including the party’s interim leader Han Dong-hoon and floor leader Yun Jae-ok, during their luncheon meeting at the presidential office in Seoul on Jan. 29, 2024./ Courtesy of the presidential office
By AsiaToday reporter Hong Sun-mi
President Yoon Suk-yeol said on Monday that the government and the ruling People Power Party (PPP) should double their efforts to “make the public feel the improvements in their livelihood” during a luncheon meeting with the leadership of the ruling party at the presidential office in Seoul.
President Yoon invited PPP interim leader Han Dong-hoon and PPP floor leader Rep. Yun Jae-ok for the luncheon, which lasted for longer than two hours in the afternoon, according to senior presidential secretary for public relations Lee Do-woon.
Lee said the participants discussed various civil issues, including housing and transportation. They also agreed to continue negotiations with the opposition over a workplace safety law.
Monday’s meeting came six days after Yoon and Han met at a traditional market in Seocheon County, South Chungcheong Province, as part of their inspection of the market, which suffered a fire. The meeting is interpreted as an effort to show that the relations between the president and the ruling party remain intact ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.
In particular, the three agreed to continue negotiations at the National Assembly after the Serious Accidents Punishment Act, which took effect for companies with fewer than 50 employees on Saturday, so that small business owners do not experience difficulty.
However, floor leader Yun tol reporters that there were no talks related to political issues, such as controversies surrounding the first lady or Itaewon special bill.
Also in attendance were presidential chief of staff Lee Kwan-sup, senior presidential secretary for political affairs Han Oh-seop and Lee, the senior public relations secretary. According to the ruling camp, the luncheon was first proposed by the presidential office.