The five Unified Progressive Party lawmakers
now stripped of their parliamentary seats following the Constitutional Court′s historic
decision last week to disband the party have vowed to take legal action.
The party′s seats at the provincial level will also be taken away.
Ji Myung-kil has more. The National Election Commission decided on
Monday to strip six members of the now-disbanded Unified Progressive Party from their seats
in provincial legislatures. All six were appointed under the proportional
representation system. Political watchers expected they would be
removed, as two proportional representatives lost their seats last Friday after the Constitutional
Court ordered the dissolution of the UPP. Five UPP lawmakers lost their seats in the
National Assembly in that ruling. Under the court′s order, three of the vacant
seats will be filled during by-elections set for April, while the two proportional representative
seats will remain vacant until the next general election in 2016.
All five of the UPP′s sitting lawmakers that were kicked out of the National Assembly
last week… have said they will file a lawsuit against the state.
They claim the Constitutional Court does not have the right to remove them from the legislature
as there′s no law that stipulates the status of lawmakers in a case where a party is dissolved.
Last Friday′s ruling comes more than four-hundred days after the Justice Ministry filed a petition
last year following the arrest of a number of UPP members on rebellion and conspiracy
charges. Several UPP members, including former lawmaker
Lee Seok-ki, were convicted of plotting to overthrow the government in the event of a
war with North Korea. Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.