Parties Clash at Hearing for Supreme Court Chief Nominee

Write : 2017-09-12 15:00:13 Update : 2017-09-12 15:08:08

Parties Clash at Hearing for Supreme Court Chief Nominee

Anchor: The confirmation hearing for Supreme Court chief justice nominee Kim Meong-su is being held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Opposition lawmakers have denounced Kim as being biased and lacking in experience, but the ruling party dismissed the criticism as merely a political ploy.
Kim In-kyung has more.
Reporter: The opposition continued its offensive against the Moon administration on Tuesday by denouncing Supreme Court chief justice nominee Kim Meong-su at a parliamentary confirmation hearing.
The criticism comes on the heels of the National Assembly’s rejection of President Moon Jae-in’s pick to head the Constitutional Court on Monday.
Voting down two nominees in a row would be a harsh blow to the president, who has begun to see his approval rating, although still high, chipped away at by North Korea’s nuclear provocations.
The ruling party says Kim, who previously headed an association of progressive judges, is the right person to lead judicial reform. However, the opposition has made an issue of Kim’s 2015 decision to maintain the liberal Korean Teachers and Education Workers Union as a legal entity.
On Tuesday, Rep. Lee Che-ik of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) raised concerns that there might be a purge in the judiciary if the Supreme Court chief nominee is approved.
Rep. Kwak Sang-do of the same party said Kim has little judicial administration experience, claiming that he would have difficulties fulfilling his duties properly.
The ruling Democratic Party(DP) provided cover for the nominee.
The DP’s Rep. Koh Yong-jin said it isn’t right to say that Kim is politically biased just because he gave progressive answers regarding some issues.
Rep. Ki Dong-min of the DP said the opposition is aiming to trap the nominee in an ideological framework.
Kim said in his opening statement before the hearing that he will root out the custom of granting privileges to ranking retired officials and build a judiciary that is stern to those in power.
The hearing ends on Wednesday.
Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News. 

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