People Power Party’s Innovation Committee Recommends Lifting Suspension of Ex-Leader Lee Jun-seok and Others

SEOUL — The innovation committee of South Korea's ruling People Power Party (PPP) formally endorsed a recommendation on Monday to lift the membership suspensions placed on former party leader Lee Jun-seok, Daegu Mayor Hong Joon-pyo, and other members. The move aims to foster greater unity within the party.

According to Yonhap News Agency, members voted to recommend that the party's leadership grant a "grand amnesty" to those currently under membership suspension or facing other disciplinary actions. The goal of this initiative is to strengthen cohesion within the party.

The PPP is scheduled to determine whether to accept the committee's recommendation during a Supreme Council meeting set for Thursday. Those who stand to benefit from this decision include former leader Lee, Mayor Hong, and former three-term lawmaker Kim Jae-won.

Lee Jun-seok was suspended from the party for a year and a half last year due to allegations of sexual bribery and an attempted cover-up. Hong Joon-pyo had his membership suspended for 10 months earlier this year for playing golf at a time when the country was grappling with the aftermath of severe rainstorms.

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