Han Dong-hoon, The Showdown of the Emergency Commission Chairman of the People's Power.

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Han Dong-Hoon, People Power Party Emergency Committee Chairman, provided by People Power Party / STANDARD NEWS

On the 26th, Han Dong-hoon, the Emergency Commission chairman of the People's Power, declared in his acceptance speech, "I will dedicate myself courageously for victory." He further emphasized, "I will do whatever it takes to win, but I won't take credit for that victory." With these words, he announced that he would not run in the April 10th general election next year.

Contrary to expectations that Chairman Han would run in the hotly contested capital area in the next general election, or at least run as a proportional representative, he stated on his first day in office that he would only command the election and not run in it himself. Previously, the Innovation Committee led by Ihn Yohan called for the 'sacrifice' of the party leadership and members of the central and pro-Yoon factions, but only Yoon's core member, Jang Jae-won, responded positively.

After his acceptance speech, Chairman Han appointed Kim Hyeong-dong, a first-term lawmaker from Andong and Yecheon, as the chief secretary of the Emergency Response Commission. Kim, born in 1975, is interpreted as a symbolic appointment indicating 'generational change,' as Chairman Han chose someone born in the 1970s for his first personnel appointment. Kim graduated from Andong High School and Seoul National University with a major in journalism and information. He completed the Judicial Research and Training Institute as the 35th class and worked as a lawyer, serving as the deputy director of the Central Legal Affairs Institute of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU). He had previously served as the chief spokesperson during Yoon Seok-youl's tenure as the party leader.

Chairman Han stated, "The policies of our government party, the People's Power, are actions, but the policies of the opposition party, the Democratic Party, are nothing more than promises that do not guarantee action." He emphasized, "We need to explain to the people and immediately implement well-prepared policies." In his speech, he used the term 'fellow citizens' several times instead of 'the people.' The term 'fellow citizens' has appeared in speeches by figures such as John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama, emphasizing individuals as subjects with equal rights.

Quoting Churchill's speech, "Fear is a reaction, courage is a decision," Chairman Han said, "I feel enough fear that if we continue like this, we might not be able to stop the runaway of Lee Jae-myung and the Democratic Party. I have decided to take courage." He also said, "We will fight against Lee Jae-myung's Democratic Party and the privileged forces of the leftist bloc in Honam, Yeongnam, Chungcheong, Gangwon, Jeju, Gyeonggi, and Seoul." Churchill's 1940 speech urged resistance against the Nazis, stating, "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills."

In the last part of his speech, he said, "Are you waiting for someone who will bring a shining victory for fellow citizens and the future of the community? We are all those people, and now is the time." It is known that he borrowed a part of the lyrics from Seo Taiji and Boys' 'In the Fantasy' and 'Do you hesitate now? Now is the only moment for you, and here is the only place for you.'

Lee Jun-seok's Homage / STANDARD NEWS

Meanwhile, alongside Chairman Han, Lee Jun-seok, a young politician who is drawing attention, has announced a press conference for the establishment of a 'new party' at a galbi restaurant in Sanggye-dong at 3 p.m. on the 27th."

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