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(LEAD) Ruling party completes transition to emergency leadership committee

All News 16:38 August 16, 2022

(ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; UPDATES with latest details in first 2 paras)

SEOUL, Aug. 16 (Yonhap) -- The ruling People Power Party (PPP) on Tuesday endorsed members of its emergency leadership committee, completing the leadership transition that removes suspended party chief Lee Jun-seok from office.

The PPP's national committee approved the list through a vote, officially breaking up the party's Supreme Council headed by Lee and replacing it with an emergency committee headed by Rep. Joo Ho-young, a five-term lawmaker.

In addition to Joo, the nine-member list also includes floor leader Kweon Seong-dong, the PPP's top policymaker Sung Il-jong, and Reps. Eom Tae-young and Jun Joo-hyae, as well as a former official of President Yoon Suk-yeol's transition team and council members of local assemblies.

Lee has strongly protested the transition and filed for a court injunction against the decision.

The court is expected to make a decision as early as Wednesday.

The ruling People Power Party's interim leader Joo Ho-young speaks during a general meeting of the party's lawmakers at the National Assembly in western Seoul on Aug. 16, 2022. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

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