The fifth-term lawmaker Chung Sye-Kyun has just made his bid for the goal of sixth term in the upcoming General Election slated for April 13, 2016.
At the opening ceremony of his election office in downtown Seoul of Jongno-gu on March 12, 2016, the former chairman of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) declared that he would do his best to punish the current President Park Geun-Hye's government.
The ceremony was attended by hundreds of his followers and supporters including nation's top politicians as well as scores of journalists from the major news media.
The opposition politician argued that President Park Geun-Hye's regime has been ruining both the inter-Korean relations and South Korea's overall economy with her wrong policies.
"For one thing the household debts have been snowballing under Park's government, and nation's ties with North Korea is now at its worst because of Park's confrontational inter-Korea policy," Chung argued.
Hundreds of his supporters gathered at the office chanted "Change the Government, Punish Park's Regime!" to the tune of Chung's angry remarks.
Rep. Chung has been receiving very positive responses from his electorates in Jongno-gu District, the central part of Seoul where presidential Blue House and various government offices are located.
Politicians call the district "No. 1 District for National Assembly seekers," because it produced two presidents and many top politicians.
Chung began his political career in 1995 as a special advisor to then President Kim Dae-Jung, a icon of South Korea's democratization.
A year later Chung was elected to the National Assembly on the ticket of the now-defunct New Millennium Democratic Party.
Since then Chung has been elected to the Assembly for four times in a row. Now he presents central Jongno-gu district of Seoul as a fifth-term lawmaker.
Within the major opposition party Chung held a series of key posts including chief of planning and policy coordination.
In 2002 Chung played a leading role in electing lawyer-turned politician Roh Moo-Hyun as president. Under reform-minded Roh's regime Chung served as commerce minister.
Chung later served as chairman of DP, the predecessor of the current The Minjoo Party of Korea, nation's main opposition party.
Chung was born in Jinan, North Jeolla Province, in 1950. He majored in law at Korea University in Seoul, graduating from the university with a BA degree in law in 1975.
Upon graduation he started his social career as a company worker. He entered the once colossal Ssangyong Business Group, working as its New York City branch manager until 1995.
While working for Ssangyong in the Big Apple city, Chung earned a master's degree in business at Pepperdine University in 1990. He received a PhD degree in business management from Kyung Hee University in Seoul in 2004.
Briefly Chung worked as a university faculty. He once taught students at Kyungsung University in Busan for a year.
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