GNP in a panic over convention

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GNP in a panic over convention

After a Seoul court struck down the new chairmanship election rules of the Grand National Party, its lawmakers were in a panic over how to proceed with the July 4 National Convention for new leadership.

The Seoul Southern District Court Tuesday granted an injunction, requested by a member of the GNP National Committee, to stop revision of the party constitution to change the election rules. The decision came only a week before the National Convention and the ruling party leadership began frantic efforts to salvage the election rules.

The GNP held the National Committee meeting on June 7 and approved amendments to the constitution. At the meeting, the reformist proposed increasing the number of delegates to vote at the July 4 National Convention from 10,000 to 210,000. The public opinion poll outcomes would count for 30 percent of the result and each delegate would receive two votes to dilute the ingrained factionalism in the party.

The court said the changes were made with serious procedural flaws that undermined the principles of party democracy. At the National Committee meeting, 164 of the 741 members actually showed up to vote, while 266 people delegated their voting rights to Chairman Lee Hae-bong. Lee’s vote, thus, counted as 277 and the new rules, including reflection of the opinion polls, were approved. The court said the meeting failed to meet the required quorum and the chairman illegally exercised the voting rights of a large number of people unilaterally, declaring that the decisions made at the meeting were illegal and invalid.

The seven candidates of the chairmanship race said yesterday that the election date must not be changed. The GNP frantically scheduled a National Committee meeting on July 2 to make another attempt to endorse the election rules. “It is just wrong to change the rules again at this point,” said Bae Eun-hee, GNP spokeswoman.

“To make sure that the 210,000 delegates will vote at the National Convention, at least 371 members of the National Committee must attend the meeting and agree with it,” said Representative Chung Ui-hwa, head of the emergency council. “Making the quorum will decide the GNP’s fate. I appeal to the members to attend the meeting and cooperate.”

It, however, remains unclear if the GNP can pull off reaching a quorum of the National Committee. Until now, the committee has never had a meeting with more than half of its members attending, while their conferences were often opened by submitting letters of delegation.

Gripped by panic, the GNP leadership is also preparing a last resort attempt to endorse the election rules at the July 4 National Convention.


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


한글 관련 기사 [연합]

與 전대룰 놓고 내분…친이계 재합의 요구

친이계 ‘여론조사 배제’ 추진 기류 보여

한나라당이 7.4 전당대회를 앞두고 경선규정 재개정을 위한 전국위원회를 소집해 놓고 있는 가운데 친이(친이명박)계가 전대룰의 재합의를 요구하고 나서 계파간 대립이 심화되고 있다.

친이계의 요구는 현행 전대룰을 7월2일 전국위원회에서 재의결, 차질없이 전대를 치르려는 신주류 중심의 당 지도부 방침에 정면 으로 맞서는 것이다.

친이 일부는 당 지도부의 사과와 이해봉 전국위원장의 사퇴를 요구하고 있어 친이 구주류와 쇄신파ㆍ친박 중심의 신주류간 갈등이 확대될 조짐도 나타나고 있다.

전대룰 논란의 핵심은 `선거인단 21만명의 투표결과 70%+여론조사 30% 반영` 부분이다.

친이계 이군현 차명진 권택기 정미경 조진래 의원 등은 이날 오후 의원총회에서 전국위에 앞서 전대룰 재합의가 필요하다고 주장했다.

권택기 의원은 기자들과 만나 "비대위원과 전대후보 7명이 게임의 룰을 합의해 전국위에 올려야 한다"고 말했고, 장제원 의원도 "현행 전대룰을 재상정한다는 것은 법적으로 맞지 않는다"면서 "전대 후보 등이 충분히 논의해 합의안을 만들어 전국위 추인을 받아야 한다"고 주장했다.

정미경 의원은 "전대룰은 과거 당헌(대의원 1만명 투표+여론조사 30%반영)대로 가든가, 아니면 부결된 비대위안을 전국위에 다시 올려야 한다"고 가세했다. 이는 사실상 여론조사를 배제하자는 것이다.

친이계의 이 같은 움직임은 원희룡 후보의 승리 기반을 확보하기 위해 여론조사에서 강세를 보이는 홍준표 나경원 후보를 견제하는 의미가 있는 것으로 풀이된다.

그러나 친이계를 제외한 대부분은 전대룰 변경에 상당히 부정적인 입장인 것으로 알려졌다. *

홍ㆍ나 후보는 여론조사를 배제하자는 친이계 주장에 강력 반발하며 기존 방식의 고수를 주장하고 있고, 다른 후보들도 기존 경선 방식의 변경에 반대하는 의견이 많은 것으로 알려졌다.

배은희 대변인은 "경선룰을 바꾸는 것은 옳지 않다"고 했고, 한 소장파 의원도 "이제 와서 전대룰을 고치자는 것은 또 다른 불씨를 키우는 것"이라고 지적했다.

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