Uri Party Black Sheep Resign After Comments on Party Split

    April 06, 2004 20:29

    Moon Sung-keun, chief of the People’s Participatory Movement headquarters, and Myeong Gye-nam

    Uri party members Moon Sung-keun, chief of the People’s Participatory Movement headquarters, and Myeong Gye-nam, president of Nosamo, resigned from the party on Tuesday, saying, “We have decided to leave the party, but we will do our best in working as civil volunteers to ensure the Uri Party’s victory in the general elections.” An Uri party official said, “The two people are taking responsibility for their damaging remarks by choosing to resign.”

    Moon and Myeong stated in a collaborative press release Tuesday, “We meant to express our opinions that in the long run Korea’s political parties should be divided rationally into conservative and liberal groups when civil awareness grows further, so they can compete with their policies only."

    "However, many conservative media agencies, including the Chosunilbo, reported our remarks as if we meant that Uri party would be divided directly after the General Elections, causing confusion among the party members and supporters,” they added.

    In a recent Internet interview, Moon said last Friday, “The Uri party is a mixed soup full of people of different political persuasions, and I believe that it must be divided.” In a lecture held at Seoul National University on March 25, Myeong said, “The Uri party is such a mix of conservative and liberal people that it must be split.”

    (Kim Hong-jin, mailer@chosun.com)

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