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Rival presidential candidates agree on more TV debates than minimum 3 rounds

All News 17:23 January 07, 2022

SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- The ruling and main opposition presidential candidates shared an understanding Friday that they should have more TV debates than the minimum three rounds required under law before the March 9 election.

Lee Jae-myung of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) told reporters that he welcomes a proposal from Yoon Suk-yeol of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) who earlier called for holding presidential debates more than three times.

Under the election law, televised presidential debates organized by the National Election Commission should be held three times or more during the candidates' official campaign period, which starts from Feb. 15. But it is possible that the debates can be additionally held under the candidates' agreement.

Even though Lee and Yoon agreed to hold debates, experts said the two sides are likely to have a tug-of-war over selection of debate agenda and format.

Yoon said not only policies but anything a candidate had done in the past as a public figure can be discussed, apparently targeting a corruption-ridden development scandal involving former aides to Lee.

Lee earlier said he has no reason to refuse a debate over the development scandal, though holding a debate focusing only on the scandal appears to go against common sense.

This photo taken on Jan. 3, 2022, shows Lee Jae-myung (R), the presidential candidate of the ruling Democratic Party (DP), and Yoon Suk-yeol, the presidential nominee of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP), at an event marking the new year opening of the Korea Exchange in Seoul. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)


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