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South Korea opposition wars with itself after local elections

Democratic Party's dismal performance provokes hope for political realignment

"The party is dead, and he is the only survivor." Those words were directed at Lee Jae-myung, right, a former presidential candidate who led the Democrats' abysmal election campaign. He sits here with party co-chair Park Ji-hyun.   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- South Korea's progressive Democratic Party, which suffered a major defeat in local elections on June 1, is in turmoil now that its new 26-year-old co-chair has picked a fight with key Democrats who catapulted into office after taking part in the 1980s student movement.

In another division, those who do have a 1980s pedigree are resentful of one party member who won big on election day.

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