Seoul — Lee Jae-myung, the leader of the Democratic Party (DP), is set to return to his party responsibilities next week, following a period of hospitalization for a 24-day hunger strike. Lee will appear in a Seoul court on Friday to face trial for corruption allegations and will officially resume his role as the DP chairman starting Monday, according to Kwon Hyuk-ki, an aide to Lee.
The DP leader has been on leave since September 18 due to health complications from his hunger strike. He was released from the hospital last week and has been recuperating at home. Lee is also currently involved in two separate legal cases; one concerning alleged election law violations during his unsuccessful 2022 presidential bid and another connected to a property development project during his term as Seongnam mayor.