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Ruling party to endorse new name in wake of scandal

All Headlines 09:03 February 13, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party will adopt a new name Monday to refurbish its image tarnished by a corruption scandal centered on President Park Geun-hye.

The new name, the Liberty Korea Party, will be finalized after the endorsement by the party's top decision-making body.

The party, formerly named the Grand National Party for 14 years, changed its name to Saenuri in February 2012.

Other candidate names had included the Happiness Korea Party, the People First Party and the Conservative Power Party.

The party is also expected to adopt a new logo, constitution and platform that emphasizes its commitment to the values of the Constitution and national security.

Since the impeachment of Park in early December, the party has been suffering from an internal feud, resulting in the defection of some 30 lawmakers who created the separate Bareun Party.

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