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Ruling party whip vows to speed up reform

All Headlines 10:45 January 10, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) -- Rep. Chung Woo-taik, the floor leader of the ruling Saenuri Party, pledged Tuesday to speed up efforts to reform and normalize the party, one day after it appointed the members of its ad hoc leadership committee.

On Monday, the party named Chung and three others to the emergency committee headed by the interim head In Myung-jin. Previous meetings failed to convene due to a lack of minimum participants amid a boycott from loyalists to President Park Geun-hye.

"As the emergency committee officially set sail, I will seek reformative moves to change everything from scratch except for the philosophy and values of the conservative party," Chung said.

"With the presidential election approaching closer, there could be unexpected variables," the whip said. "We will present to the people a blueprint to rebuild Saenuri with responsibility and confidence."

Saenuri has suffered internal feuds as In pushed to purge Park loyalists for the normalization of the party hit by the president's impeachment over an influence-peddling scandal.

Rep. Suh Chung-won of Saenuri on Monday sued its interim head claiming he violated the law on political parties by coercing some Saenuri members to leave the party.

Rep. Chung Woo-taik, the floor leader of the ruling Saenuri Party (Yonhap)

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