Suh Chung-won, a close ally of disgraced former President Park Geun-hye, said Wednesday that he has decided to leave the main opposition Liberty Korea Party over its crushing defeat in last week's local elections.
The conservative party won only two of the 17 big-city mayoral and gubernatorial races last Tuesday and added only one parliamentary seat in the by-elections held at the same time.
|Rep. Suh Chung-won (Yonhap)|
"Politicians in the conservative bloc have a huge responsibility for sparking public anger as they have failed to honor the values of conservatives," the eight-term lawmaker said in a statement. "So, I am today leaving the party to which I've long been devoted."
The LKP is still reeling from low public trust stemming from a corruption scandal that led to Park being ousted from office in 2017. The party failed to win key seats even in some of its traditional strongholds in the latest elections.
The LKP is grappling with the fallout of the election failure amid internal strife over what steps the party should take to overhaul itself.
Last week, Hong Joon-pyo, the chief of the LKP, resigned over the election defeat. (Yonhap)