The former prime minister Lee Nak-yon had an easy win over his competitors in the race for the Democratic Party of Korea（DPK）leadership last month and took up his job with a focus on overcoming the "national crisis" from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The four-term lawmaker is saddled with the challenging task of turning around the declining public support for the ruling party following a series of controversies involving prominent DPK members, including Justice Minister and former DPK chairwoman Choo Mi-ae and Rep. Yoon Young-chan, who served as Moon’s first senior presidential aide for public communication.
Insiders say the party’s response to the controversies could hurt Lee’s presidential ambitions. The former South Jeolla Province Governor has been a favorite in candidate favorability surveys in the fight for Cheong Wa Dae in 2022.
saddle with：片語，使…負（承）擔、強加…、給馬…裝上馬鞍。例句︰The corporation is saddled with debt.（這家公司負債累累。）
take up：片語，開始做…、從事。例句︰She took up journalism when leaving school.（她畢業後就從事新聞工作。）
challenging：形容詞，挑戰性的、有難度的、考驗人的。例句︰It is a challenging time.（這是具挑戰性的時刻。）