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Two Chungcheong-based political parties, the Liberty Forward Party and the People First Union, announced their merger yesterday at the National Assembly. An independent lawmaker, Rhee In-je, also decided to join the newly merged party. As result of the merger, the new party will hold 18 seats in the National Assembly.

Byun Ung-jun, third from left, chairman of the Liberty Forward Party, Sim Dae-pyung, chairman of People First Union, second from left, and Rhee, second from right, together yesterday at the announcement. [NEWSIS]

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