Today (2nd), a New Year's greetings event presided over by the President was held at the Blue House Guest House.

Lee Jae-myung, the representative of the Democratic Party, did not attend, but debate continued over whether it was properly invited or whether there was no will to attend.

This is reporter Jang Min-seong.


New Year's greetings presided over by President Yoon Seok-yeol.

About 200 people, including National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo and other 5th division representatives, People's Power floor leader Joo Ho-young and Justice Party representative Lee Jung-mi, attended, but Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myeong was not seen.

At the same time, when I asked Representative Lee, who presided over the party’s Supreme Council meeting in Busan, why he was absent, he said:

[Lee Jae-myung/Democratic Party Representative: Is this the first time you've heard of it?

Did you ask me to come to the New Year's greetings party?] On the

22nd of last month, the Ministry of Public Administration and Security sent an invitation email to the party representative's office, but a reply was sent the next day saying that it was difficult to attend due to scheduled regional schedules, and an official report was not made to Representative Lee. It is the explanation of the Democratic Party that it did not.

It was a one-sided notification without a phone call to coordinate the schedule, but within the Democratic Party, a line reaction came out on the day of "an unprecedented invitation method" and "wouldn't it rather be a drug?"

The power of the people was greeted by saying, “I hope for special treatment and even the excuse for not attending is turning to the president’s office.”

The Ministry of Public Administration and Security said, "After notifying us by phone on the morning of the 22nd of last month, we informed by e-mail on the afternoon of the same day, and on the 27th, we delivered an invitation in person," and an official from the Presidential Office said, "We invited representatives of other political parties in the same way." "It's not just the Democratic Party that's been neglected," he explained.

The lack of communication and cooperation in our politics was symbolically demonstrated by today's New Year's meeting presided over by the President.

(Video coverage: Jo Chun-dong · Lee Chan-soo, video editing: Lee Jae-seong)