On the local political front.
The ruling party has marked its transition into an emergency leadership framework but it's already being contested by its suspended chairman.
Lee Kyung-eun explains.
The ruling People Power Party has completed its final step to switch to an emergency leadership.
During a virtual meeting on Tuesday, members of the party's National Committee approved five-term PPP lawmaker Joo Ho-young as the interim leader.
Joo had previously served as floor leader and acting chair and is considered to lack any allegiances to a particular faction.
And this time, he will be leading the party at a time of "emergency" initially sparked by the suspension of its Chairman Lee Jun-seok over a sexual bribery allegation and the series of resignations of others that followed all of which remain as sources of controversy within the party.
"The top priority is swiftly resolving the party's internal feud and division and to form a united front. A divided organization is destined to fail."
This wraps up the multiple steps that were taken over the past two weeks in a speedy manner amid to growing concerns over declining party and President approval ratings.
"I urge the National Committee members to make a decision to help stabilize the party because that's the only way we can fully support the government."
The party is aiming for the leadership to kick off as early as next Wednesday which marks 100 days since the launching of the Yoon Suk-yeol administration.
Upon taking office, the emergency committee will finalize the exact duration.
It would be either serving around five months and focus on overhauling the party. until the end of the National Assembly's regular session.
Or serving a shorter term and preparing for an early national convention to elect a new, full time leadership.
"Meanwhile, Chairman Lee Jun-seok who who is essentially blocked from returning to his post has reaffirmed his plan to file for a court injunction over Tuesday's decision.
He's set to hold a press conference on Saturday to outline his plans.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News. "