Pres. Moon Calls for Constitutional Reform to Decentralize Power

Write : 2018-01-10 14:58:25 Update : 2018-01-10 16:24:57

Pres. Moon Calls for Constitutional Reform to Decentralize Power

Anchor: During his speech on Wednesday, President Moon Jae-in also called on lawmakers to expedite consultations on a constitutional revision. He emphasized the need to reflect the change in people’s thoughts over the past 30 years while stressing the need to put the proposed amendment to a vote during the local elections set for June.  
Oh Soo-young has this report.

Report: President Moon Jae-in has again suggested that the Korean public vote on a constitutional revision when they go to the ballot in June for the local elections, stressing that if legislators fail to pass a motion on revising the document, the government would prepare measures to make alterations. 

In a speech at the presidential office on Wednesday, Moon said that the Korean people's views toward the government's role and responsibility as well as civil rights have changed drastically from 30 years ago when the constitution was last amended.

[Sound bite: President  Moon Jae-in (Korean)]
"Simultaneously holding local elections and a national referendum is a promise made to the people. All parties and candidates promised this in the presidential election. If we lose this election opportunity and hold a separate referendum, we would have to spend around 120 billion won, at least."

The constitution stipulates a separation of power among the executive, legislative and judiciary for checks and balances. However, it has been largely criticized for vesting too much power in the office of the president. 

Moon said he personally believes the presidential term should be reduced from the current five years to four years. He also stressed the power of local governments should be strengthened in efforts to decentralize power. 

Also during his speech, President Moon pledged his commitment to achieving "people-centered" economic growth. 

He reiterated his pledges to create more jobs, improving employment conditions for workers, reducing work hours as well as pursuing sources of innovative growth such as building thousands of smart factories in the country.

The president also promised to promote fair competition and iron out structural inefficiencies and corporate cronyism.
Oh Soo-young, KBS World Radio News.

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