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Ruling party chief ends hunger strike, party members return to parliamentary audit

All Headlines 18:29 October 02, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Yonhap) -- The chief of the country's ruling political party ended his week-long hunger strike on Sunday, with the Saenuri Party's lawmakers returning to the National Assembly to attend the regular parliamentary audit which has been in limbo amid their boycott, party officials said.

Lee Jung-hyun, the head of the ruling party, began his hunger strike on Monday this week in protest of opposition moves to sack the country's new agriculture minister.

Also, Lee, a former presidential secretary for President Park Geun-hye, and other Saenuri Party members, have called on House Speaker Chung Sye-kyun to step down for supporting the dismissal motion spearheaded by the two opposition parties, including the Minjoo Party of Korea.

Chung is originally from the Minjoo Party of Korea.

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