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(LEAD) Ruling party leaders resign en masse for election defeat

14:49 April 08, 2021

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SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- The leaders of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) resigned en masse Thursday to take responsibility for the shocking rout in this week's by-elections.

"Taking responsibility for the results of the elections, all (members of) the DP leadership are stepping down," Rep. Kim Tae-nyeon, the party's acting chairman and floor leader, said in a press conference at the National Assembly.

The party will hold a convention to pick a new chairman on May 2, a week earlier than initially planned, and an election for a new floor leader on Friday next week, according to party officials.

"Through the election this time, the people have given the DP a lot of tasks," Kim said and promised thorough efforts for innovation.

Rep. Kim Tae-nyeon, acting chief and floor leader of the ruling Democratic Party, attends an emergency meeting of the party's lawmakers at the National Assembly in Seoul on April 8, 2021. (Yonhap)

In a following meeting, the party's supreme council also designated three-term party member Rep. Do Dong-hwan as the chairman of the emergency response committee, which will steer the party until the new leadership takes office. The council also assigned the committee to the task of replacing the seven-member supreme council.

The party with 174 members in the 300-seat National Assembly suffered a crushing defeat in Wednesday's by-elections for 21 local posts, including the mayors of Seoul and Busan.

Rep. Kim Tae-nyeon (C), acting chief and floor leader of the ruling Democratic Party, and the seven members of the party's supreme council make deep bows during a press conference at the National Assembly on April 8, 2021. Holding themselves responsible for the crushing defeat in the by-elections the previous day, the party leadership stepped down from their party seats.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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