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Rep. Joo to run for Saenuri leadership election

All News 11:57 July 18, 2016

SEOUL, July 18 (Yonhap) -- Rep. Joo Ho-young, one of the anti-President Park Geun-hye faction lawmakers within the ruling Saenuri Party, said Monday he will run in the leadership election slated for August, making him the sixth contender for the conservative party's top post.

"Amid the fast-changing world, the public will consider Saenuri to be an extreme right-wing party that supports the privileged if someone who already headed the party becomes the new leader," Rep. Joo said in a statement, apparently referring to Rep. Suh Chung-won.

Suh, an eight-term lawmaker close to the president, has also been mentioned as a likely candidate, although he has been reluctant to enter the race. The pro-Park senior politician's potential running, however, continues to be a key area of interest in the upcoming election.

"I would like to propose holding a convention of reconciliation," Joo added, adding that he was also a victim of the faction war within the party.

Joo joined April's general election as an independent candidate after failing to win a ticket from the party. Although he later came back to the party, the tension among different factions continue to weigh Saenuri as it tries to recover from the defeat in the April 13 polls and prepared for next year's presidential race.


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