SEOUL, - Main opposition leader Lee Jae-myung emphasized the need for unity within his party, the Democratic Party (DP), to win the upcoming general elections. He made the comments on Thursday during a lunch meeting with former and current floor leaders of the DP.
According to a new release by the Yonhap News Agency, Lee's call for unity comes at a time when the DP is facing internal divisions. Last month, a surprise vote in the DP-controlled parliament resulted in waiving Lee's immunity from arrest, indicating dissent within the party. The factional split between lawmakers aligned with Lee and those not aligned has deepened, with some members even suggesting disciplinary action against lawmakers who voted against Lee.
Lee dismissed calls for penalizing dissenting members earlier this week, saying, "With the determination that 'division leads to defeat and unity leads to victory,' I will take the lead and set an example." He added that the upcoming elections are not just about party issues but are critical for the future of South Korea. Lee made these remarks on the first day of his return to official party duties after nearly a month-long break due to a hunger strike.