Former Assembly Deputy Speaker Park Joo-sun set to become ruling party’s new acting leader


SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Yonhap) — Former National Assembly Deputy Speaker Park Joo-sun, long associated with the opposition Democratic Party, is set to become the new interim leader of the People’s Power Party (PPP). ) in power, officials said Tuesday.

Park, a former prosecutor turned four-term legislator, helped lead President Yoon Suk-yeol’s election campaign and preparation for Yoon’s inauguration ceremony. Park and Yoon have known each other since they were law students at Seoul National University and also worked together for the prosecution.

Park entered politics as a member of the Democratic Millennium Party, which is now the main opposition Democratic party but has worked for the rival PPP since 2016.

Officials say Park is the most likely candidate to lead the PPP’s envisioned emergency steering committee, though the appointment has yet to be finalized.

The PPP has been without an official leader since a court last month suspended the chairmanship of the now-disbanded emergency steering committee, a move seen as a victory for ousted PPP chairman Lee Jun-seok.

On Monday, the PPP’s emergency committee officially disbanded and the party plans to form a new one before the fall Chuseok vacation. The extended Chuseok holiday is scheduled to begin on Friday.

The PPP has been in turmoil since its ethics committee suspended former party chairman Lee’s membership over allegations of sexual corruption and an attempted cover-up in July.

Lee has since filed a series of lawsuits to derail the party’s move to the emergency committee, which automatically removes him from office.


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