Justice minister refutes speculation of running for ruling party chief

SEOUL– Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon on Wednesday vowed to continue serving as a minister, refuting growing speculation that he could be called upon to run for the ruling People Power Party(PPP)’s new chief.

“I can say with clarity and determination that I will give my best in the role of a minister since there are many important things to do,” Han told reporters before attending a parliamentary meeting.

When asked if there was an offer for the position of PPP chairman, Han said there was no such thing.

Political circles have speculated that Han — considered one of the closest aides to President Yoon Suk-yeol — could be the next contender for the new PPP leadership ahead of next year’s general elections.

Adding to the speculation, PPP floor leader Joo Ho-young said someone who is influential to Generation MZ, covering millennials and Generation Z, demographics should become a candidate to lead the party’s victory.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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