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PM Han Duck-soo, presidential aides, rival parties attend memorial service for ex-Pres. Roh Moo-hyun Updated: 2022-05-23 17:06:19 KST

A sea of yellow the color that represented South Korea's iconic liberal Roh Moo-hyun administration.
People paid tribute to late former president who was known for his far-reaching visions on anti-regionalism, unity, and human rights.

"We still long for President Roh who was elected on the power of people, and because of his dreams. To pay tribute truthfully is to rekindle those dreams that are yet to be realized."

Former president Moon Jae-in who was Roh's last chief of staff and a close friend attended the memorial service for the first time in 5 years.
In 2017, when he was elected Moon said he will return as a successful president.
A warm welcome greeted him.

Also in attendance were the Roh administration's last Prime Minister Han Duck-soo who now serves as the first PM under the new Yoon Suk-yeol government.
Han came on behalf of President Yoon who had expressed his admiration and regret over the late president who jumped from a cliff to his death amid a corruption probe into his family and aides.

"What sort of message do you wish to send through the Prime Minister?"

"It is a tragic event from South Korean politics. I sent messages of condolence to the former first lady, Kwon Yang-sook."

Meanwhile,leaders of both the ruling conservative People Power Party and the main opposition Democratic Party all came to the service.
The PPP says it upholds Roh's spirit of national unity which it says is desperately needed at a time of division.
On the DP's side former presidential candidate Lee Jae-ymung who's currently overseeing the party's election commission also attended.
Leading up to the June 1st local elections, the two parties held rallies in the surrounding region looking to expand or cement their supporter bases.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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