Parties Fail to Set Timetable on Extra Budget Passage

Write : 2016-07-22 18:32:06 Update : 2016-07-22 19:37:27

Parties Fail to Set Timetable on Extra Budget Passage

The three main political parties on Friday discussed a timetable for passing the government's supplementary budget bill but discussions broke down due to differences over the budget related to a new integrated curriculum for children aged three to five.

The deputy floor leaders of the ruling Saenuri Party, the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea and the splinter People's Party sat down for the meeting that ended in ten minutes.

The Saenuri's Deputy Floor Leader Kim Do-eup said that no agreement on the schedule could be reached due to gaping differences between the ruling and opposition blocs over the preschool curriculum called the Nuri program.

He said the curriculum is a legal issue and not one that should be politically dealt with during negotiations on the supplementary budget.

As talks over the matter fell through, rival parties also failed to discuss the issue of holding a public hearing related to the injection of public funds to assist the financially troubled Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.

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