Политическая весна Южной Кореи

СЕУЛ. Приход к власти мальчиша-крепыша – 29-летнего Ким Чжон Ына в Северной Корее заполонил заголовки СМИ по всему миру, но наиболее важная история, действующими лицами которой стали корейская молодежь и политики, происходит на Юге полуострова. Там молодые избиратели становятся все более злыми, более политически активными и все более враждебными по отношению к старым устоявшимся партиям. Этот демографический вызов статус-кво Южной Кореи наводит на мысль о «либеральном» пробуждении, которое могло бы полностью изменить политический ландшафт страны.

Избрание активиста Пак Вон Суна мэром Сеула прошлой осенью продемонстрировало растущую силу молодых избирателей, которая застала правящую Великую национальную партию (GNP) врасплох. Молодые люди мобилизовали себя спонтанно, используя для этого все инструменты социальных сетей и средств связи, чтобы собрать не только избирателей своего возраста, но и многих других, раздраженных негибкостью Южной Кореи и ограниченными личными возможностями.

Внезапный всплеск активности молодых избирателей поставил под сомнение долгосрочные прогнозы о победе вероятного кандидата от правящей партии GNP, Пак Гюн Хи, на президентских выборах, которые должны пройти в декабре этого года. Действительно, сейчас многие политологи считают GNP тонущим кораблем, особенно после того как сотрудник одного из депутатов партии предположительно оказался вдохновителем кибер-атаки на веб-сайт Национальной избирательной комиссии, чтобы помешать молодым избирателям добраться до избирательных участков.

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