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Former PM returns to main opposition party

All News 11:22 September 30, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) -- Rep. Lee Hae-chan, a seven-term lawmaker, officially returned to the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea on Friday, vowing to make full-fledged efforts to help the party win next year's presidential election.

Lee left the Minjoo earlier this year after failing to win the party ticket for the April 13 polls. Although his return had been delayed due to the policy that a seceder cannot come back within a year, newly-elected party head Choo Mi-ae decided to make an exception in his case.

The lawmaker served as the country's prime minister during the Roh Moo-hyn administration. Roh, who led the country from 2003 to 2008 and is still viewed as an icon of the liberal camp, committed suicide in May 2009 after being embroiled in a corruption scandal.

"I will devote myself in saving South Korea from the crisis in economy, democracy, and peace," Lee said in a statement.

Lee's reinstatement allows the number of parliamentary seats held by Minjoo to edge up one to 122 in the 300-seat National Assembly.

Rep. Lee Hae-chan of the Minjoo Party of Korea (Yonhap)

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