Submitting to growing pressure, the secretary general of the main opposition Democratic United Party yesterday stepped down from his post and surrendered his nomination for the April 11 legislative elections. “I am now unloading the heavy burden as the party’s secretary general and candidate of Seongdong B District,” Im Jong-seok said yesterday in a press conference. DUP Chairwoman Han Myeong-sook has been fiercely criticized after naming Im Jong-seok, a 45-year-old former student activist, to the party’s secretary general post in January despite his conviction last December for receiving bribes from Samhwa Mutual Savings Bank from 2005 to 2008. On Feb. 24, the party gave him the nomination for Seongdong B District of eastern Seoul. Im appealed the case to a higher court, denying the bribery.
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