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S. Korea ruling party elects new chairman

07-04-2011 18:33 BJT

South Korea's ruling Grand National Party has elected fourth-term lawmaker Hong Joon-pyo as its new chairman at a national convention. Only 25.9 percent of the electoral college cast their ballots Sunday, for which the party blamed heavy rain.

The election comes as the conservative party, which suffered a crushing defeat in by-elections earlier this year, struggles to refashion itself ahead of key parliamentary and presidential elections in 2012.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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