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Bareun Party gets another lawmaker from Saenuri

All News 09:28 January 23, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) -- Another lawmaker from the ruling Saenuri Party decided to join the planned Bareun Party on Monday, increasing the number of lawmakers in the splinter group to 31.

The departure of Rep. Park Soon-ja will also reduce the number of lawmakers at Saenuri to 96. The Bareun Party, which spun off from Saenuri last month after engaging in a factional feud with loyalists to President Park Geun-hye, initially started with 30 lawmakers.

Political pundits said another batch of lawmakers are expected to leave Saenuri around the official launch of the Bareun Party.

Park Soon-ja said the decision came as she wished to support the value of conservatism.

"I decided to join the Bareun Party to realize a politics that is fair, just and full of hope, which has been my lifetime value," the lawmaker said.

Rep. Park Soon-ja (Yonhap)

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