Seoul-The innovation committee of South Korea's ruling People Power Party (PPP) has decided to recommend lifting the membership suspensions of former party leader Lee Jun-seok and Daegu Mayor Hong Joon-pyo.
According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, which was chaired by Ihn Yohan. The committee is recommending a "grand amnesty" for Lee Jun-seok, Hong Joon-pyo, and former three-term lawmaker Kim Jae-won. The members had their party membership suspended due to alleged inappropriate actions or remarks.
The PPP's party rules state that members can be subject to disciplinary actions if they commit acts that are "seriously toxic toward the party." Kim Kyung-jin mentioned that the measure aims to promote unity and harmony within the party.
However, later in the day, Lee Jun-seok posted on Facebook, stating his opposition to the committee's decision. He argued that the focus should instead be on reflecting on the party's past wrongdoings. Daegu Mayor Hong Joon-pyo echoed this sentiment, declaring that he has severed his relationship with the current party leadership. Hong also confirmed that he would neither run in next year's general election nor be involved in it.