Opposition Parties Filibuster to Stall Anti-Terrorism Bill

Write : 2016-02-24 08:31:52 Update : 2016-02-24 15:54:25

Opposition Parties Filibuster to Stall Anti-Terrorism Bill

Opposition lawmakers are continuing a filibuster that began on Tuesday night to stall voting on an anti-terror bill after Parliamentary Speaker Chung Ui-hwa proposed putting it to a plenary vote.

Chung forwarded the anti-terror bill to a plenary session on Tuesday.

Lawmakers of the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea and minor opposition People’s Party and Justice Party have been continuing the move to block the vote since 7 p.m. Tuesday, when the Minjoo's Kim Kwang-jin kicked off the filibuster.

Kim gave a speech that lasted five hours and 30 minutes, exceeding the late former President Kim Dae-jung’s five hour 19-minute speech in 1964 when he was serving as an opposition lawmaker.

People's Party Representative Moon Byung-ho and the Minjoo Party of Korea's Representative Eun Su-mi have followed Kim's lead to continue the filibuster. Representative Eun continued her speech for longer than ten hours until around 12:50 p.m., before she handed the baton to Justice Party Representative Park Won-suk. 

Amendments to the National Assembly Act in 2012 legalized filibusters which allow individual lawmakers to conduct speeches without limitations on time and quorum. 

This marks the first time a filibuster has been used in an attempt to stall legislation.

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