Merged parties claim 18 assembly seats
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]