From left, then-Saenuri Party (NFP) candidate and now President Park Geun-hye, Unified Progressive Party candidate Lee Jung-hee, Democratic United Party candidate Moon Jae-in at MBC studios in Seoul‘s Yeouido neighborhood for their televised debate during the presidential campaign, Dec. 12, 2012. At that debate, Lee Jung-hee harshly criticized Park and said she joined the presidential race specifically to “bring down Park Geun-hye”, who she described as daughter of Japanese collaborator “Takagi Masao” (former President Park Chung-hee). (National Assembly photo pool)
The disbanding of the Unified Progressive Party (UPP) was a Park Geun-hye “creation.” True, it was the Constitutional Court turned this tragic drama into fact, but the president is the one who supervised the project. Lacking any real results to show for her time in office, she landed the biggest one of all just in time for her second anniversary: turning back the clock on democracy by outlawing the UPP.
The Blue House seen in the distance behind the Constitutional Court in Seoul on Dec. 19, the day of the ruling to disband the Unified Progressive Party. (by Lee Jong-geun, staff photographer)