Ruling party in internal strife over parliamentary election nominations

February 27, 2012 12:05 pm 

SEOUL, Feb. 27 — The ruling party's leadership clashed head-on with the party's election nomination committee on Monday after the committee unilaterally announced a list of candidates for April's parliamentary elections, including a close confidant of President Lee Myung-bak.

The clash illustrated a deep schism in the Saenuri Party struggling to regain public support ahead of the general elections, with some party members arguing that the unpopular party should distance itself from the Lee administration to boost its chances.

Earlier, the nomination committee announced a list of 21 people to receive party tickets for the parliamentary elections, including Rep. Lee Jae-oh, one of the closest confidants of President Lee. The announcement was made without approval from the party's emergency council.

The council immediately protested, demanding that the list be reconsidered.

"Is it procedurally right for the nomination committee to make an announcement at its will?," a member of the council said in protest of the announcement.

The council is led by Rep. Park Geun-hye, a former rival of President Lee when the two vied for the party's nomination ahead of the 2007 presidential election. Relations between Park and Lee have since badly soured.(PNA/Yonhap)



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