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Minor opposition party leader resigns after election fiasco

2018/06/14 10:38

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SEOUL, June 14 (Yonhap) -- A co-leader of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party resigned Thursday after the party fared so poorly in Wednesday's local elections in a fiasco that even raised questions about whether it can continue to exist.

The party won only 20 minor races in the elections, where more than 4,000 local administrative, legislative and educational posts, including 17 big-city mayoralties and provincial governorships, were up for grabs, in addition to 12 National Assembly seats.

"I weightily accept the people's choices and resign," Rep. Yoo Seong-min, a co-leader of the party, said during a news conference. "I offer heartfelt thanks to those who supported our candidates."

   The party came into being in February through a merger of two minor parties with divergent support bases, one of them center right and the other center left, in a bold experiment in South Korean politics where regional loyalties remain strong.

This week's elections were the first nationwide elections for the party.

The ruling Democratic Party won a resounding victory, sweeping 14 out of the 17 big races, including Seoul mayor, 11 out of the 12 parliamentary seats, as well as more than 60 percent of regional administrative and legislative posts.

Rep. Yoo Seong-min, a co-leader of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party, announces his resignation during a news conference on June 14, 2018. (Yonhap) Rep. Yoo Seong-min, a co-leader of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party, announces his resignation during a news conference on June 14, 2018. (Yonhap)

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