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Ruling party chief faces primary for parliamentary elections

All News 22:53 March 13, 2016

SEOUL, March 13 (Yonhap) -- The ruling Saenuri Party said Sunday that its chief is set to face off against two rivals in a primary for next month's parliamentary elections.

The committee in charge of nominating candidates for the April 13 elections said party chairman Kim Moo-sung is to compete against Kim Yong-won and Choi Hong in a district in the country's second-largest city of Busan.

The committee also said three other high-profile lawmakers are scheduled to compete against their rivals in primaries to win the party's nomination.

Still, the committee did not elaborate on details of the planned primaries.

Party chief Kim has vowed to reflect the voice of ordinary voters when selecting the party's candidates for the elections, an idea rejected by those who are loyal to President Park Geun-hye.

Last week, Yoon Sang-hyun -- a key member of the pro-Park faction and a former special political adviser to Park -- was found to have used abusive language against Kim, saying that the chief should not get a party ticket.

The ruling party has been mired in infighting between the pro-Park faction and their opponents over how to select candidates for the elections and other matters.


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