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GNP Head Park Leaves Hospital on May 29
Doctors remove stitches from the right cheek of Park Geun-hye, center, chairwoman of the main opposition Grand National Party (GNP), at Yonsei University's Severance Hospital in Seoul, on May 26. Park suffered an 11-centimeter-long cut to her face by an ex-convict with a box cutter during a street campaign rally in Seoul on May 20.

Grand National Party chairwoman Park Geun-hye was discharged from the hospital on May 29, 2006.

Park was hospitalized at Shinchon Severance Hospital after she was slashed in the face on May 20 at a crowded rally for a Seoul mayoral candidate in the western Seoul.

It was not known immediately whether Park could join the last minute campaigning on the eve of May 31 local elections in support of GNP candidates.

She was reportedlly advised by medical staff members to refrain from making outdoor activities or long distant journey for the time being.

The timing of the lawmaker's discharge was considered important because it could allow her to travel to such contested areas as the central city of Daejeon, where the Grand National Party's (GNP) candidate for mayor is in a very close race with a rival from the ruling Uri Party. It could also permit her to vote in her stronghold of Daegu, 302 kilometers southeast of Seoul

A total of 16 mayoralities and governorships of large cities and provinces are at stake for the May 31 local elections, not to mention hundreds of local city and provincial council members.

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