Hong Jun-pyo

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Hong Jun-pyo
홍준표
Hong Jun-pyo at COEX (Cropped).jpg
Chairman of the Liberty Korea Party
Assumed office
3 July 2017[1]
Preceded by Chung Woo-taik
Governor of South Gyeongsang Province
In office
20 November 2012 – 9 April 2017
Preceded by Kim Doo-kwan
Member of the National Assembly
In office
26 October 2001 – 9 May 2012
Preceded by Kim Young-koo
Succeeded by Min Byung-doo
Constituency Seoul Dongdaemun B
In office
30 May 1996 – 9 March 1999
Preceded by Cho Soon-hwan
Succeeded by Lee Hoi-chang
Constituency Seoul Songpa A
Personal details
Born (1954-12-05) 5 December 1954 (age 62)
Changnyeong, South Korea
Political party Liberty Korea Party
Children 2 sons
Alma mater Korea University
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Hong Jun-pyo
McCune–Reischauer Hong Chun-p'yo

Hong Jun-pyo (born December 5, 1954), also spelled as Hong Joon-pyo, is a South Korean politician who is a former prosecutor and governor of South Gyeongsang Province. He was the presidential nominee of the Liberty Korea Party, known prior to the collapse of the Park Geun Hye administration as the Saenuri Party, in the 2017 South Korean presidential election. He is currently the Chairperson of the Liberty Korea Party.

Early life and career[edit]

He was born in Changnyeong. South Gyeongsang Province. Hong graduated from Yeungnam High School[3] and received his undergraduate degree in Public Administration from Korea University.

Hong has admitted to helping a friend in a failed date rape when he was 18 years old. This is recorded in a self-memoir "I Want to Go Back" published in 2005 under a chapter titled "The Story of the Pig Stimulant." Hong along with others secured a stimulant usually used in livestock to boost ovulation for their friend, who would secretly drug the girl. The girl successfully woke up from consciousness to fight off Hong's friend.[4] Hong has stated it was a "huge mistake... after I became a prosecutor."[5] This story resurfaced during the 2017 South Korean presidential election, with other presidential candidates calling for Hong's withdrawal from the race in the third presidential debate.[6][7]

Political career[edit]

Hong is known to have strong right-wing conservative characteristics.[8]

Grand National/Saenuri Party[edit]

Hong was formerly the chairperson of the Grand National Party (now known as Liberty Korea Party). He stepped down as the chairperson in December 9, 2011[9] and was replaced by future President Park Geun-hye.

Comments on Park Won-soon[edit]

On October 20, 2011, Hong criticized Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon's The Beautiful Foundation (아름다운재단) for sending money to left-wing citizen groups.[10] Hong was known to have generated much criticism against Park Won-soon in regards to Park's possible allegation of extorting tax money for his oversea visits.[11]

Comments on former Grand National Party[edit]

He considered to rename the Grand National Party to another name after Park Won-soon won the October 2011 election.[12]

Liberty Korea Party[edit]

Governor of South Gyeongsang Province[edit]

Hong was first elected as Governor of South Gyeongsang Province in 2012, and re-elected in 2014.

2017 South Korean presidential election[edit]

Hong secured the nomination of the Liberty Korea Party. His campaign appealed to older, conservative voters with a platform describing Hong as a "strongman." Hong has stated he wanted to be a strong man similar to Park Chung-hee, a former Korean president and dictator who is popular with older conservatives[4] and whose daughter Park Geun Hye was recently impeached amidst allegations of corruption.

Hong finished second among the five major candidates with 24% of the vote behind Moon Jae-in.[13]

Party chairmanship[edit]

Hong was elected as the chairperson of the Liberty Korea Party following his loss in the presidential election.[14]

Political positions[edit]

Corporate corruption[edit]

Hong holds economically conservative views. He supports Korean conglomerates, also known as chaebols and wants to reduce the power of labor unions. When asked how he would respond to growing concerns around corrupt practices amongst chaebols, such as those that brought down former President Park Geun Hye's administration, he simply stated that he would reduce corruption by putting it through a "washing machine",[15] without providing a concrete course of action.

National security[edit]

Hong has supported maintaining a vigilant approach to national security, supporting the deployment of the Terminal High altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) from the United States. He supports "armed peace."[15]

Anti-LGBT Stance[edit]

Despite modern consensus to the contrary,[16][17] Hong has publicly indicated that he believes that AIDS and HIV are a result of homosexuality, in order to attract the support of conservative voters. In a televised presidential debate, Hong remarked gay soldiers were a source of weakness in Korean military.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170702000253#cb
  2. ^ 대선주자 릴레이인터뷰7 홍준표 경남도지사 "저는 1997년 국회의원 선거에 처음 출마했을 때 서울 광성교회에서 김창인 목사를 만나 교류하면서 개신교 신자가 됐습니다."
  3. ^ 한나라당 제18대 총선 서울지역 공천 신청자 명단(1)
  4. ^ a b "Meet the candidates in South Korea's unusual election". ABC News. 2017-05-08. Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
  5. ^ "South Korean presidential candidate denies ‘date rape confession’". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
  6. ^ "홍준표, 대학때 돼지흥분제로 ‘성폭력 모의’ 뒤늦게 밝혀져" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
  7. ^ "[논평] 돼지흥분제, 막말, 국민을 적으로 모는 홍준표 후보는 즉각 사퇴하라" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
  8. ^ "돌아온 홍준표, 새누리당 경남지사 후보 확정". MK News. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Lee, Sun-young (2011-12-09). "Hong bows out amid mounting calls for reform". Korean Herald. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  10. ^ Kim (김), Ho-jun (호준) (2011-10-20). 아름다운재단 모금액 좌파단체 지원. Yonhap News (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  11. ^ Chang (장), Jae-yong (재용) (2011-10-21). 13차례 걸쳐 해외체류… 경비 2~3억 누가 댔나. Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  12. ^ Lee (이), Min-jeong (민정) (2011-10-28). `이참에 다 바꿔?`..홍준표 "당명 개명 검토". 이데일리 (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  13. ^ CNN, K. J. Kwon, Pamela Boykoff and James Griffiths. "South Korea election: Moon Jae-in declared winner". CNN. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  14. ^ Herald, The Korea (2017-07-02). "Will new leader turn around Liberty Korea Party?". Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  15. ^ a b Mullany, Gerry (2017-05-08). "South Korea’s Presidential Election: A Look at the Pivotal Issues". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
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  18. ^ "[JTBC 대선토론] 문재인 "동성애 합법화 반대"…심상정 "유감스럽다"". Naver. Hankyung. Retrieved 7 May 2017. 

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