Ex-Gyeonggi governor is ending political lifeFormer Gyeonggi Gov. Nam Kyung-pil announced Friday he is giving up politics to establish a start-up.
“I have decided to leave politics, for which I have committed all of my younger days, and welcome a new challenge in beginning a start-up enterprise, which, I hope, will help improve the lives of other people,” Nam wrote in a written message he shared with acquaintances.
“It wasn’t an easy decision for me, as I have known only the world of politics since I was in my early 30s,” he wrote. “But I am excited for what is to come. I hope you will join in celebrating with me the beginning of a new chapter in my life.”
Although Nam did not give specifics about his start-up, it could be related to blockchain, as he took a course on the subject at the University of Tokyo starting last November.
Nam was first elected to the National Assembly in a by-election in 1998. His father Nam Pyeong-woo was a representative with the conservative New Korea Party, the predecessor of today’s opposition Liberty Korea Party. Nam’s father died in office in 1998. In the by-election to fill his seat representing Suwon, Gyeonggi, the younger Nam won.
He was re-elected three more times, and was elected governor of Gyeonggi in 2014.
But his luck seemed to have run out in 2018. Nam ran for re-election as governor but lost.
Nam’s family made headlines a few times in his political career.
He and his wife divorced when he was elected Gyeonggi governor in 2014.
“She wanted to lead a quiet life, one that has no relations whatsoever with the political world,” he told the producer of a TV show last March.
Nam married his second wife last August.
A few months after Nam was elected Gyeonggi governor, his son was convicted of physical and sexual abuse of a lower-ranking soldier during his military service. When Nam was running for re-election for governor, his son was detained on drug-related charges in September 2017. He was given a suspended sentence last year.
BY IM SOUNG-BIN, ESTHER CHUNG [firstname.lastname@example.org]