South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party has approved revisions to the party constitution, which include a controversial provision that would allow sitting lawmakers to retain their seats even if convicted of certain crimes.
The revision has come under fire from the opposition party, with critics arguing that it undermines democracy and the rule of law.
The amendment was proposed by party leader Lee Nak-yon and was approved by party members in a vote on Monday.
The changes also include a reduction in the number of party executives and a pledge to prioritize the interests of the public over party interests.
The move has been criticized by some as a step away from the party’s original aim of putting the people first.