December 3, 2022

The ruling Individuals Energy Celebration (PPP) has concluded that it can not maintain a nationwide conference to elect a brand new chief after Chairman Lee Jun-seok was suspended over a sexual bribery scandal, the occasion’s flooring chief stated Monday.

Rep. Kweon Seong-dong, who serves as performing chairman after Lee was suspended final week, advised reporters that the occasion’s secretariat reached the conclusion after a overview of the occasion constitution and rules, and the occasion’s Supreme Council endorsed the conclusion.

The secretariat’s planning and coordination bureau decided {that a} nationwide conference may be held solely when the occasion’s chairmanship turns into vacant, and the suspension of Lee’s occasion membership doesn’t belong to the class, Kweon stated.

The occasion formally accredited the choice in a common assembly of lawmakers later Monday, with the lawmakers adopting a decision that they’ll do their finest to assist the occasion transfer easily ahead underneath the system of an performing chairman.

On Friday, the PPP’s ethics committee suspended Lee’s occasion membership for six months over allegations that he obtained sexual providers paid for by a businessman searching for his affect in 2013 and tried to cowl up the wrongdoing earlier this 12 months after the allegations surfaced.

Lee, who has pleaded his innocence, stated he is not going to step down as occasion chairman and can take all potential measures to reverse the ethics panel’s determination, together with submitting for a court docket injunction and requesting a reexamination.

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Kweon additionally stated Lee ought to settle for the ethics committee’s determination.

“The disciplinary measure has been finalized with the ethics committee’s determination,” he stated. “It’s the senior occasion members’ consensus that the committee’s determination must be accommodated.”

Kweon stated he has not been in contact with the embattled occasion chief, saying it’s “not the appropriate time” to take action.

Lee has not appeared in public following Friday’s verdict.

The PPP has been embroiled in political turmoil following Friday’s determination. Lee, who has continually been at odds with key occasion members thought of closed to President Yoon Suk-yeol, has claimed the ethics committee assembly was political machinations engineered by them.

The current disaster appeared to have taken a toll on the PPP’s occasion favorability. A ballot by Realmeter launched Monday confirmed that the favorability ranking for the ruling occasion got here in at 40.9 %, down 2.6 proportion factors from the earlier ballot, whereas in that ballot, the primary opposition Democratic Celebration (DP) rose 1.5 proportion factors to 41.8 %.

The hole between the 2 narrowed inside the margin of error, with the DP’s favorability ranking exceeding the PPP’s for the primary time in 14 weeks.

The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 2 proportion factors at a 95 % confidence degree.