By Kang Hyun-kyung
Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Moon-soo criticized the ruling Saenuri Party leader Park Geun-hye, Thursday, for her “secretive” way of making key decisions in closed door meetings.
The governor said Park’s decision-making style is mysterious and shrouded in veils.
“Even her aide was quoted as saying in an interview that it was hard for him to talk to her over the phone as she was unavailable for a conversation. If this is true and she doesn’t fix this, it will be difficult for the ruling party to win the presidential election,” Kim said.
The governor quoted Rep. Yoo Seung-min on the phone conversation issue. Yoo was close to Park when she ran in the primary to select a candidate to run in the presidential election in 2007 on the Grand National Party (now the Saenuri Party) ticket.
The lawmaker has made some critical remarks on Park’s leadership in recent interviews.
Regarding Park’s remarks on a power struggle in the ruling party, Governor Kim said it is natural for party members to play power games in a democracy.
“Democracy can be seen as loud and sometimes turbulent. But such traits are acceptable if that is what it takes for a nation or a party to achieve unity.”
The ruling party is scheduled to hold the National Convention on May 15 to select a party chairperson and Supreme Council members to make key decisions, including regulations for the presidential primaries.
As the leadership competition nears, some supporters of Park allegedly made and circulated a list of potential appointments to key posts to the press, causing a stir as these are supposed to be elected positions.
Park denounced those who were involved in the list, saying the party was being engulfed in power games while lawmakers paid no attention to bread-and-butter issues for citizens.
Kim criticized Park for her remarks and the list, alleging it reflected a power struggle among her aides.
He made the remarks when asked about the list.
The governor announced his intention to run in the primaries to select a presidential candidate on the Saenuri Party ticket during the weekend.
However, he denied media reports that some officials of Gyeonggi Province worked on the presidential campaign strategy for him.
A local newspaper media disclosed a document the officials prepared comparing Kim and Park in campaign speeches and their strengths and weaknesses as presidential hopefuls.
The governor said he had no knowledge about the document.