Korea’s main political parties seek new approach before start of 20th assembly

Korea’s main political parties seek new approach before start of 20th assembly


In Korean politics,…
the ruling Saenuri Party has decided to elect its new interim leadership in July,… while
opposition parties vowed to work with each other AND with the ruling party in the 20th
National Assembly to better serve the public. The new National Assembly kicks off at the
end of this month. Our parliamentary correspondent Park Ji-won
reports. The ruling Saenuri Party’s newy-elected lawmakers
gathered at the National Assembly on Monday afternoon… to discuss how to lead the conservative
party out of its current crisis. “When you elected me as a floor leader, you
gave me the assignment of revamping the party. As we are facing a great deal of tasks,…
I hope you can freely give your opinions on new leadership and the party’s future path.” After more than four hours of closed-door
discussions,… the ruling party decided to hold its party convention in July… to elect
its interim leadership. The Saenuri Party is still without a leader
since the departure of former chairman Kim Moo-sung following the party’s crushing loss
in the April general election. The ruling party also decided to put off talks
over what to do about former party lawmakers, like Yoo Seong-min, who left the party during
the election but have applied to rejoin. They plan on picking up this issue after the
20th assembly begins at the end of this month. On the other side of the aisle,… the main
opposition Minjoo Party of Korea’s new floor leader Woo Sang-ho met with Park Jie-won,…
his counterpart from the minor opposition People’s Party.
As the opposition parties will hold a majority in the 20th National Assembly,… the two
vowed to respect and follow the will of the public,… saying that they will try work
with the ruling party to serve the public. “We will try to build trust in our relations.
I believe trust is the most important element among floor leaders. We knew each other when
we were in the same party,… so I believe we can work together in a way that will be
fruitful for both the Minjoo Party and the People’s Party.” “Let’s not repeat the mistakes of the 19th
Assembly. Let’s make a productive and conscientious parliament. Let’s put the economy first in
order to make people’s livelihoods better.” The parties will also continue their discussions
on leadership appointments for the 18 standing committees within the National Assembly.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.

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