The Democratic Party has ruled that Prime Minister Han Deok-soo, who has completed a personnel hearing, is ineligible, saying it is "disqualification number one."

However, it seems that the final decision will be made in consideration of public opinion whether or not to be ratified by the National Assembly. 

Correspondent Kang Cheong-wan.


After two days of hearings, the Democratic Party picked up a red card for Prime Minister candidate Han Deok-soo.

[Yun Ho-jung / Democratic Party Joint Emergency Response Committee Chairman: Candidate Han Deok-soo has already been sent off by the people.

The allegations raised alone deserve disqualification.]

The motion to appoint the prime minister is sent to the National Assembly as President-elect Yoon Seok-yeol after taking office.

However, it is unclear whether the Democrats will actually pull out the red card.

This is because, if the new government's first prime minister is removed from the horse, it can carry a negative public opinion that it will hold back the state affairs ahead of the local elections in June.

A key Democratic Party official said he would have lost the horse right away if it wasn't for the local elections in June, and said he would watch public opinion as there is time until the inauguration of the president.

Calculations are also read that attempt to link the motions of the Democratic Party's foretold ministerial candidates, such as Welfare Jeong Ho-young and Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon, with the agreement to appoint the prime minister.

If the Democratic Party chooses to drop the prime minister or delays the vote to agree to the appointment, then Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom is likely to propose the appointment of a new government member of the State Council.

Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom said, "I will play a role of connecting well until the successor of the next government arrives." An official from the Prime Minister's Office explained that this meant that, in the absence of the prime minister, Prime Minister Kim would remain and propose the appointment of a new government member, whose personnel hearing report was adopted at the National Assembly. I did.