Ruling Party to Make Split Official on Tuesday

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SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Yonhap) -- A group of lawmakers in the ruling Saenuri Party who have been at odds with loyalists of President Park Geun-hye said Monday they will leave later this week to open a new conservative party.

   Around 35 legislators vowed last week to leave the party amid a factional feud.

   "On Tuesday, around 30 lawmakers will leave. A second group of lawmakers will depart next week," said Rep. Oh Shin-hwan, the spokesman of the group, adding he estimates the figure will be 34.

   Lawmakers will hold their second meeting Monday to discuss their plan to create the new party, tentatively named the New Conservative Party for Reform, on Jan. 24.

   Immediately after their departure, they will establish a parliamentary negotiation group, which requires at least 20 lawmakers.

   Saenuri has been on the verge of splitting into two in the wake of the impeachment of President Park, which was passed at the parliament earlier this month over a corruption and influence-peddling scandal.

   The ruling party's mainstream faction loyal to Park had rejected the anti-Park members' demand to name their leader as the party's interim head.

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