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Saenuri Party on verge of splitting apart Updated: 2016-12-21 16:59:25 KST

In the wake of the Choi Soon-sil scandal Korea's ruling Saenuri Party is on the verge of splitting in two.
35 lawmakers in the Saenuri Party announced today that they will leave and establish a new conservative power capable of winning the presidential election next year.
All of them are part of the so-called non-pro-Park Geun-hye faction, who have long been at odds with President Park, and many of whom likely voted for her impeachment.
They've vowed to leave by next Tuesday and say the formation of their new party will eradicate factional politics.
Their defection likely means the National Assembly will become a four-party system, changing the landscape of the upcoming presidential election.
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