Author: Moon Jae-in
488 pages | 153 * 196 mm
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Presidential hopeful Moon Jae-in publishes book on his time in the Roh Moo-hyun administration
By Andy Jackson Jun 15, 2011 10:56PM UTC
Progressives looking to challenge moderate Democratic Party chair Sohn Hak-kyu for a presidential nomination will likely have to go through the very former president Roh Moo-hyun.
Roh had been shunned by virtually every established politician (a and four-fifths of the general public) by the time he left office in the spring of 2008. However, his suicide just over a year later, after facing what his supporters considered to be politically-motivated corruption charges, has made him a martyr to much of the Korean left. That means the person who can establish himself as Roh¡¯s standard barer will have a built-in constituency.
For much of the past two years, that standard barer has been People¡¯s Participation Party chair Rhyu Si-min. Rhyu is still second only to Sohn among potential progressive presidential candidates in public opinion polls, but his weakness as a candidate leaves an opening for someone else to seize the mantle as Roh¡¯s representative on earth.
Moon Jae-In, Roh¡¯s chief of staff, is being touted as the man for the job. While Moon denies interest in the job, he has been actively working with political parties and progressive NGOs on forming a united front for legislative elections next spring. That will leave him well-place to pursue the presidential nomination later next year.
As if his current job title of head of the Roh Moo-hyun Foundation were not enough of a reminded of his ties to the former president, Moon has some out with a book detailing the "secret history¡± of the Roh Moo-hyun administration.
Detail of Moon Jae-in's book, "Moon Jae-in's Destiny"
In the book, Moon Jae-in¡¯s Destiny, Moon details secret contacts between the Roh administration and North Korea.
Moon also claims that the former president told then president-elect Lee Myung-bak negotiations on resumption of U.S. beef imports to South Korea should be delayed until after ratification of the South Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). Imports of American beef had been banned after cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) were discovered in the USA. The Roh administration had agreed to the resumption of imports. The Lee administration implemented soon after taking office in the hope of winning US congressional ratification of the FTA. Massive protests against the agreement hobbled the Lee administration in the first months of his presidency. The KORUS FTA has yet to be ratified by either the Korean or American legislatures.
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