South Korea’s ruling conservative party has officially split over the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye, threatening to complicate forthcoming presidential polls.
A group of 29 lawmakers left the ruling Saenuri party, arguing that its leadership refuses to embrace reforms, despite the political crisis fuelled by the corruption scandal that has engulfed park.
Their departure left the party with 99 seats in the 300-seat National Assembly, relegating it to second place behind the Liberal Democratic Party.
They accused the ruling party of defending Park, branding her as the “worst-ever” offender against constitutional order.
More than 60 Saenuri lawmakers crossed party lines to join opposition parties in passing a motion to impeach Park this month.
The case is now being considered by the Constitutional Court, which has up to 180 days to rule on the validity of the impeachment that charged park with multiple criminal and constitutional violations.
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