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Ruling party chief apologizes for nomination rumor

All News 20:03 February 29, 2016

SEOUL, Feb. 29 (Yonhap) -- The ruling party chief offered an apology Monday for causing an internal feud by mentioning a rumor that scores of incumbent lawmakers will be removed from the list of nominees for general elections in April.

The apology comes after Rep. Chung Doo-un claimed that Kim Moo-sung, chairman of the ruling Saenuri Party, had referred to the rumor circulating in the country's financial community.

The party's nominee committee will exclude 40 incumbent legislators, including Chung, from the list and field fresh candidates for the Saenuri's electorates in the April 13 poll, Chung said, citing the rumor.

Following days of internal feuds over the rumor, Kim said he "apologizes to the people and party members for causing worries."

Kim, however, clarified that he only talked about the rumor to Rep. Chung and refused allegations that there is an official document of such a nomination proposal.

Most party nominations in the country are closed-door affairs led by a few heavyweights in the party's leadership with little debate over policy issues. The opaque process has been criticized as a source of corruption and the reason for a general distrust of major political parties.

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