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Liberty Korea Party revokes membership of ex-President Park Geun-hye Updated: 2017-11-03 20:06:22 KST

Former President Park Geun-hye has been stripped of her membership in the Liberty Korea Party.
The conservative party had sought for months to sever its ties with Park due to her tainted image following the massive power abuse scandal that led to her ouster.
Announcing the decision, Chairman Hong Joon-pyo said the party needs to start anew to regain the trust of the people.

"The Liberty Korea Party is being labeled as the party involved in the power abuse scandal as a means of destroying the country's conservative bloc. So, I have decided that in order to rise as a conservative party, we need to lose this albatross around our necks -- this image of being Park Geun-hye's party."

The party had earlier demanded in writing that she leave, on recommendation of its ethics committee, but no response was heard from the ousted president. during the ten days she had to appeal, which ended Thursday.
Park is currently in jail while on trial for bribery and other corruption charges.
Chairman Hong decided to make the decision for himself, with the party's lawmakers unable to reach a conclusion at a meeting earlier in the day.
However, there could be some conflict within the party, with some pro-Park members saying they cannot accept Hong's decision and demanding that the matter be put to vote.
Also, the party needs to decide whether to kick out two lawmakers known as Park loyalists.
The party will then likely move to revamp its image with another task in mind.

"Now that the conservative party has put an end to its relationship with the former president, there's speculation this could pave the way for a merger with the splinter Bareun Party, some members of which have demanded Park's removal as a precondition.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News."
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