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Main opposition party asks corruption-tainted ex-president to leave

2017/09/13 10:54

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SEOUL, Sept. 13 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition Liberty Korea Party on Wednesday asked corruption-tainted former President Park Geun-hye and two of her close allies to leave it as part of its personnel reform drive aimed at regaining public support.

The conservative party's reform panel made the decision after weeks of intense debate that laid bare a deep fissure between the reformists and those still sympathetic to Park who is currently on trial for a massive corruption scandal that led to her ouster in March.

The panel's departure recommendations for Park and Reps. Suh Chung-won and Cho Kyung-hwan came as the party has been seeking to unite the country's fractured conservatives to carve out a stronger parliamentary presence to keep the ruling bloc in check.

Lew Seok-choon (C), the chief of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party's reform panel, speaks during a press conference at the party headquarters in Seoul on Sept. 13, 2017. (Yonhap) Lew Seok-choon (C), the chief of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party's reform panel, speaks during a press conference at the party headquarters in Seoul on Sept. 13, 2017. (Yonhap)

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