Rival Parties Agree to Pass 2 Contentious Bills, Normalize Parliament

Write : 2018-05-14 19:34:25 Update : 2018-05-14 19:47:19

Rival Parties Agree to Pass 2 Contentious Bills, Normalize Parliament

South Korea's rival political parties have agreed to pass two contentious bills this week, ending a standoff that had left parliament deadlocked for more than 40 days. 

According to Floor Leader Kim Dong-cheol of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party, the ruling and opposition parties reached a deal on Monday to push for a bill on launching an independent counsel probe into an online opinion rigging scandal with alleged ties to a ruling Democratic Party lawmaker as well as a supplementary budget bill. 

They agreed to pass the bill on the independent counsel on Friday and the extra budget bill later on the same day. 

The agreement ends the parliamentary paralysis that began over a broadcasting act revision and other issues on April second. 

Regarding who will be the independent counsel to investigate the “druking” opinion rigging scandal, an official from the opposition bloc said the Korean Bar Association will first recommend four candidates and the opposition bloc will short-list two finalists. President Moon Jae-in then will choose one from the two selected. 

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