Former Lawmakers Create New Party

Write : 2012-03-12 14:12:25 Update : 2012-03-12 15:06:30

Former Lawmakers Create New Party

A group of former lawmakers who have failed to win the main opposition Democratic United Party’s (DUP) nomination for the general elections have set up a new party, temporarily calling themselves the Orthodox Democratic Party.

The group, including former lawmaker Han Gwang-ok, held a news conference in Yeouido, Seoul on Monday and declared the launch of the new party at a ceremony.

Around 300 people took part in the event, including former National Assembly Vice Speaker Kim Duk-kyu and former legislators Lee Hoon-pyung and Cho Jae-hwan. Also in attendance was Chang Ki-pyo, chairman of the neo-liberal party called “Green Social Democratic Party.”

At the ceremony, Han denounced how supporters of late President Roh Moo-hyun have dominated the DUP and said their dominance equals the return of the Uri Party, which was established by Roh loyalists.

Han said he will work to build what he called a legitimate democratic party that will unite fresh political forces.

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