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PPP seeks ultimate approval on emergency leadership on Tuesday as Chairman Lee says he will file injunction Updated: 2022-08-09 07:59:48 KST

South Korea's ruling People Power Party is one step away from switching to an emergency leadership.
However, the suspended Chairman, who will automatically lose his post in the process, is vowing to file an injunction in the courts.
Lee Kyung-eun reports.

More leaders of the ruling People Power Party have now stepped down -- in an attempt to pave the way for a smoother transition into an emergency leadership system.
That includes PPP Secretary-general Han Ki-ho.
And Supreme Council member Chung Mi-kyung -- who follows other members of the party's decision making body.

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"I put resolving the party's division and crisis as soon as possible before anything else."

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"It's out of courtesy that I step down before a new secretary-general is appointed tomorrow by the interim leader."

The latest resignations effectively dissolve the party's leadership one day before it seeks ultimate approval to launch an emergency leadership system.
It will convene a virtual National Committee meeting on Tuesday where around 1-thousand members will be asked to approve two things.
A revised party rule that enables an acting chair to elect an interim leader in case of a suspension of chairperson.
And the appointment of an interim leader.
Once approved, the emergency leadership could kick off as early as this Friday.
And Chairman Lee Jun-seok -- who's currently suspended over a sexual bribery allegation -- will automatically lose his post.
And over the weekend, PPP lawmaker Joo Ho-young -- who previously served as floor leader and acting chair -- emerged as the primary candidate.
He's been advocating that the interim leadership should be tasked with overhauling the party -- to restore its approval rating and the ruling party's power to back the Yoon Suk-yeol administration.
Some others call for a short-term fix and to prepare for an early convention to elect a new, full-time leadership to oversee those tasks.
Chairman Lee Jun-seok had previously warned that he would file for a court injunction based on Tuesday's outcome.
He's set to hold a press conference on Saturday.
In the meantime, more than 1-thousand party members are also preparing their own group filing of an injunction.
Now all eyes are on how much impact these opposing voices will have on Tuesday's vote.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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