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DP reschedules national convention

The main opposition Democratic Party yesterday rescheduled its national convention to October to elect new leadership, scrapping its initial plan of holding the event next month.

The party initially announced a plan to hold the convention on Sept. 18 at the Kintex convention center in Goyang, Gyeonggi.

The plan, however, was changed after many Democrats said the date was too close to the nation’s largest traditional holiday of Chuseok, when many Koreans are traveling to their hometowns, said DP’s spokeswoman Jeon Hyun-heui.

This year, the nation celebrates Chuseok from Sept. 21 to 23.

DP sources said the party is considering rescheduling the convention to the Incheon Munhak Stadium on Oct. 3 or to the Daejeon World Cup Stadium on Oct. 10.

The party’s leadership, including then-chairman Chung Sye-kyun, stepped down en masse after the largest opposition party lost the July 28 legislative by-elections to the ruling Grand National Party.

The DP only won three out of eight seats, while the Grand Nationals won the rest.

By Ser Myo-ja [myoja@joongang.co.kr]
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