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SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Yonhap) — Lee Jun-seok, leader of the ruling People’s Power Party (PPP), again called for fouls over the party’s leadership change on Saturday.
At a press conference held shortly after the PPP amended its party charter to switch to emergency leadership and designated five terms, Lee said the PPP’s transition to emergency leadership was “unfair” and “unfair.” nonsense,” he said. Rep. Joo Ho-young is appointed interim party leader.
According to the party’s charter, if an emergency leadership committee is set up due to an emergency, such as the dissolution of the Supreme Council, Lee will lose his position as party leader.
Lee, who was suspended from membership last month by the PPP’s ethics committee on allegations of sexual bribery and cover-up, maintains he is innocent.
Earlier this week, Lee said he had filed an injunction against the PPP leadership change.
Hearings in Lee’s court case are set for next week.
Lee accused the party of procedural errors in proceeding with the leadership change.
Depending on the court’s decision, Lee’s fate and political future will be in jeopardy. If the court decides in Mr. Lee’s favor, Mr. Lee’s government will be restored immediately. Otherwise, Mr. Lee will be left with political scars in his criticism that he has filed a lawsuit against his own party.
On Saturday, Lee also accused President Yoon Seok-yeol and his core ally, known as Yoon Hae-gwang, of failing to live up to people’s expectations and losing public support.
The PPP has been in turmoil since floor leader Kwon Seong-dong, one of Yoon’s best friends, inadvertently released a text message exchanged with Yoon last month.
Amid the turmoil, Yoon’s approval rating has fallen below 30%, an unusually low rating for a South Korean president who has been in office for less than 100 days.
Li also said that since being suspended, the ruling party has lost its ability to find new social agendas and handle various issues for the country’s future, including discrimination and justice.
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