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Opposition leader steps down over election defeat: official

Han Myeong-sook, the leader of the main opposition Democratic United Party (DUP), said Friday she will step down over her party’s defeat in this week’s general elections.

“I will take responsibility for the defeat in the general elections and step down as leader of the party,” she said during a press conference at DUP headquarters in Seoul.

“Although I am resigning from the leadership post, I will give my all as a member of the party for a change in government this year,” she added, referring to the presidential elections in December.

The DUP, once forecast to win an easy victory, won only 127 of the total 300 seats up for grabs in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections, giving the ruling Saenuri Party an outright majority of 152 seats.

The party chipped away at its lead by fumbling the selection of its election candidates and then mishandling revelations that one of its candidates uttered inflammatory sexist and derogatory slurs in the past, which critics said proved he was unfit to be a national legislator. (Yonhap News)

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한명숙 민주당 대표직 사퇴..”총선 패배 책임”

민주통합당 한명숙 대표는 13일 “이번 총선  패배에 대해 당 대표에서 책임지고 물러나겠다”라며 대표직 사퇴를 선언했다.

그는 이날 영등포 당사에서 기자회견을 갖고 “대표자리에서 물러나지만 당원 한 사람으로 2012년 정권교체를 위해 혼신의 힘을 다하겠다”라고 말했다.

이에 따라 한 대표는 지난 1월 15일 전당대회에서 대표직에 취임한 이후 89일만에 퇴진하게 됐다. (연합뉴스)
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