GIMHAE/SEOUL, South Korea, The new interim leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) paid homage to late President Roh Moo-hyun Monday during his visit to the former liberal leader's hometown.

Kim Byong-joon, the chief of the party's emergency leadership committee, visited Roh's grave at Bongha Village in Gimhae, some 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

Kim served as a senior policy secretary to Roh in 2004-2006 and deputy prime minister for education in 2006.

The visit to Roh's resting place is part of a tour by Kim to pay his respects at the graves of late former presidents since he became the interim LKP leader on July 17.

It is rare for a leader of the main opposition and conservative party to visit Roh's hometown where the ex-president took his own life.

In May 2009, Roh jumped off a cliff to his death as he faced a prosecutors' investigation into allegations that some of his family members, including his wife, had taken bribes in separate cases.

Kim left a message in a guest book at the village which read "Let's build a country where all live well."

Kim is tasked with leading the reformation of the troubled opposition party, which has been embroiled in deepening internal strife following its crushing defeat in the June local elections.

Source: Yonhap News Agency