Moon Finds Himself in Tight Spot

Write : 2017-09-14 15:21:09 Update : 2017-09-14 16:56:16

Moon Finds Himself in Tight Spot

Anchor: A provocative North Korea and a highly contentious parliament are binding President Moon Jae-in’s hands. The president still enjoys a high approval rating, but it is being chipped away by rejections of his nominees for top posts.
Kim In-kyung has the details.
Report: President Moon Jae-in is finding himself in the tightest spot since his inauguration in May.
On Wednesday, the National Assembly concluded that Moon’s pick for SMEs and startups minister is unfit for the post, citing his controversial historical perspective and religious bias.
The president can still name Park Seong-jin as minister, but that could estrange the centrist People’s Party which holds the casting vote in a divided parliament and lead to a rejection of Supreme Court chief justice nominee Kim Meong-su.
Although ministers can be named regardless of parliamentary approval, Supreme Court chief justices require the parliament’s nod to be appointed.
For now, it is difficult to predict how Kim will fare. Two days of confirmation hearings ended on Wednesday, but rival parties haven't reached a decision on his approval. 
A presidential official on Thursday likened the dilemma to a “polynomial equation,” saying that the top office has no choice but to monitor the situation closely.
The presidential office is expected to postpone a decision on Park’s appointment until after Moon’s visit to New York next week to attend the UN General Assembly.
Reflecting the predicament on the domestic front as well as North Korea’s repeated provocations, Moon’s approval rating is taking a hit. Although still well above 60 percent, pollster Realmeter said Wednesday that the rating has slid for three straight weeks.
Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News. 

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