Conservative party leader visits grave of Roh Moo-hyun

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Conservative party leader visits grave of Roh Moo-hyun


Kim Byong-joon, seventh from right in front row, the new interim leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, visits the grave of former President Roh Moo-hyun in his hometown of Bongha Village in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang, on Monday. A broad, flat rock represents the tombstone. [NEWS1]

The new interim leader of the main opposition party paid homage to the late President Roh Moo-hyun during his visit to the former leader’s hometown on Monday.

Kim Byong-joon, head of the party’s emergency leadership committee, visited Roh’s grave at Bongha Village in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang. Kim served as Roh’s senior policy aide from 2004 to 2006 and had a one-month stint as education minister in 2006.

The visit to Roh’s resting place is part of a tour by Kim to pay his respects at the graves of former presidents since he became the interim leader of the Liberty Korea Party (LKP) on July 17. It is rare for the leader of a conservative party like the LKP to visit the hometown of Roh, a liberal.

Roh committed suicide in May 2009 as he faced an investigation over allegations that some of his family members, including his wife, had taken bribes on separate occasions.

In a guestbook at the village, Kim left a message that read “Let’s build a country where all live well.”

Kim has been given the unenviable task of leading the opposition party out of its worst electoral defeat. The LKP has been beset by deepening internal strife since losing most of the country’s major races in June.

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