Seoul mayor resigns
Seoul mayor Oh Se-Hoon has resigned having failed to secure more than the required one third votes in a referendum to reign back on free school meals for half of schoolchildren.
The mayor, a member of the ruling Grand National Party (GNP) and a presidential hopeful for next year has been trying to tighten up on what he described as ‘welfare populism’. He had been in office just 14 months of his four year second term.
The decision will cause disarray for President Lee Myung-Bak’s Grand National Party. They have been suffering defeats in local elections and by-elections. Another defeat to the opposition Democratic Party (DP) in the 26th October by-election for a new mayor will set them back further in the run up to next year’s April general election and December presidential election.