Constitutional Court Chief Rejection Seen to Prolong Gridlock

Write : 2017-09-12 10:53:35 Update : 2017-09-12 13:58:00

Constitutional Court Chief Rejection Seen to Prolong Gridlock

Anchor: The presidential office severely criticized the opposition for striking down President Moon Jae-in’s selection to head the Constitutional Court on Monday. The ruling and opposition parties blamed each other for creating an impasse in parliament.
Kim In-kyung has the details.
Report: Parliament’s rejection of President Moon Jae-in’s pick to head the Constitutional Court on Monday is expected to prolong the gridlock in the legislature.
The presidential office reacted harshly to Constitutional Court Chief Justice nominee Kim Yi-su’s rejection.
Presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said Monday that Kim didn’t have any flaws, but the opposition opposed him for political reasons.
[Sound bite: Presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan (Korean)]
“This was unimaginable. It will be recorded as the worst precedent of abusing constitutional order in a politically motivated manner.”
The motion was put to a secret vote at a parliamentary plenary session on Monday amid the participation of 293 lawmakers. One-hundred-45 lawmakers voted in favor, 145 against and one abstained. Two votes were invalid.
Kim was just two votes short of approval. It is estimated that the main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) and the minor conservative Bareun Party unanimously rejected the motion while the ruling Democratic Party(DP) all voted in favor. The centrist People’s Party is thought to have voted both ways as it reportedly allowed a free vote for its 40 lawmakers.
Parties on both sides of the aisle blamed each other for creating an impasse.
The DP criticized the conservative opposition, claiming that the vote was a revenge for the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye.
The LKP said it was a judgment of the Moon government’s dictatorialness. The People’s Party said it listened to the public’s voice while the Bareun Party called for the president to nominate a politically neutral official.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, rival parties are expected to engage in a fierce battle over the parliamentary hearing of Supreme Court chief justice nominee Kim Meong-su.
The National Assembly is likely to face a tough path as parties review the government’s budget proposal and other critical bills for the Moon government.
Analysts say plans by the top office to create a bipartisan committee to discuss state affairs aren’t likely to materialize either under current circumstances.
Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News.

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