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South Korea's main opposition Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung lies in a hospital bed in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023. /CFP

Lee Jae-myung, chief of South Korea's main opposition Democratic Party, has ended his 24-day hunger strike and started receiving treatment, local media reported Saturday.

Lee launched a hunger strike on August 31, describing it as a "national resistance against the incompetent and violent government" of incumbent President Yoon Suk-yeol, citing its economic mismanagement and failure to oppose Japan's radioactive wastewater release, among other reasons.

On Monday, days into his hunger strike, Lee was hospitalized. His party said he was suffering from dehydration and dizziness.

Hours after Lee was transferred to a hospital, prosecutors said they had requested an arrest warrant for him as part of an investigation into a development project and bribery allegations, which Lee has denied any wrongdoings. 

On Thursday, in a surprise outcome, South Korea's opposition-controlled parliament voted to pass a motion submitted by the government that allows the potential arrest of Lee by lifting his immunity from arrest. 

A court hearing is set on September 26 on a request from prosecutors for Lee's arrest warrant.

(With input from agencies)

Source: CGTN

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