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South Korean opposition leader leaves intensive care unit after stabbing attack

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SEOUL (Reuters) – Lee Jae-myung, head of South Korea’s opposition Democratic Party, was out of intensive care and recovering from surgery to repair a major vein that was severed during a knife attack two days ago, the surgeon who operated on him said Thursday. .

Lee requires continued observation because the jugular vein injury he suffered required difficult procedures to repair and post-operative complications cannot be ruled out, Professor Min Seung-kee said at a press briefing .

“(Lee) is fortunately recovering well,” said Min of the vascular surgery unit at Seoul National University Hospital.

Lee was attacked in Busan by a man in his 60s dressed as a fan who approached him at an outdoor public event, stabbing him in the neck with a camping knife. The attacker was quickly subdued and taken into custody.

The attack shocked the country and was condemned by both his party and his rivals. That has renewed questions about the safety of leading politicians, given the country’s history of political violence despite strict gun controls.

The tough-talking progressive former lawyer leads the liberal opposition party as it seeks to retain the parliamentary majority it holds against President Yoon Suk Yeol’s conservatives in April’s election.

The suspect, who is said to have a history of extreme political views, remains in custody and is due to appear in court on an official arrest warrant issued as part of a criminal investigation into a charge of attempted murder. murder.

(Reporting by Jack Kim; editing by Lincoln Feast.)

Copyright 2024 Thomson Reuters.

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