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(LEAD) Co-head of ruling party's election committee resigns over private life

Politics 15:07 December 03, 2021

(ATTN: UPDATES with DP accepting resignation offer in lead para, last 2 paras; AMENDS headline)

SEOUL, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) -- A co-head of the ruling Democratic Party's election campaign committee resigned Friday, just days after her appointment, following allegations she got divorced after bearing a child through an affair.

Cho Dong-youn, an Army major-turned-assistant professor of military science at Seokyeong University in Seoul, was named a co-standing chairperson for the DP's election committee Tuesday, due mainly to her image as a young working mom with expertise in the defense and space sectors.

But she came immediately under attack following the allegations surrounding her divorce.

On Friday, Cho offered to resign as a co-campaign chief while pleading for attacks against her family and children to stop, DP Chairman Song Young-gil said, adding that Cho's private life must remain separate from her political career.

Koh Yong-jin, a senior DP spokesperson, told reporters that the ruling party decided to accept Cho's resignation offer.

The DP tried to persuade Cho to stay, but she refused to do so to protect her children, Koh said.

Lee Jae-myung (L), the presidential candidate of the ruling Democratic Party, poses for a photo with Cho Dong-youn, a military science professor, during a ceremony at the party's headquarters in Seoul on Nov. 30, 2021, to mark the designation of Cho as a co-leader of Lee's election campaign committee. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

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