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Bareun Party picks economist-turned-politician as new leader

All News 14:56 June 26, 2017

SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) -- The minor conservative Bareun Party on Monday elected Lee Hye-hoon, a female economist-turned-lawmaker, as its new leader tasked with fostering internal unity and shoring up public support following a defeat in last month's presidential election.

Lee, 53, beat three other contenders -- Reps. Ha Tae-kyeung, Jeong Woon-chun and Kim Young-woo. The outcome was based on a vote by party members and an opinion poll, which were weighted 70 percent and 30 percent, respectively.

The third-term lawmaker filled the top post that had been empty since the party's first leader, Choung Byoung-gug, offered to resign soon after the March 10 ouster of scandal-hit former President Park Geun-hye.

The minor party was launched in January after having splintered from the then-Saenuri Party, a precursor to the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, amid an intense factional rift triggered by the corruption scandal involving Park.

The party has 20 seats in the 299-member National Assembly.

This photo, taken on June 21, 2017, shows Rep. Lee Hye-hoon of the minor opposition Bareun Party during a policy debate in Daejeon, some 150 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)


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