Political Parties Hold Kick-Off Meetings for the New Year
Reform is what Saenuri Party leader Hwang Woo-yea is putting an emphasis on this year.
[Interview : Hwang Woo-yea, Chairman
Saenuri Party] "We shouldn't stop our push for reform just because the election is over. We should continue to work towards reform for our next generation. We must do whatever we can to achieve this goal."
Hwang asked party members to lay out a clear picture for political reform and keep the promises they made with the people, no matter what, in return for the support they received during the December election.
The party's floor leader Lee Hahn-koo also stressed that the party should fulfill its pledges, so that the public can put more trust in politicians.
Over at the Democratic United Party headquarters, floor leader Park Ki-choon called on the party to reflect on the presidential race and ask itself whether they put private interest before that of the party or the public.
And with regards to the party's emergency committee, Park said he thinks the public would want them to agree on a single candidate to head the committee, instead of taking a vote within the party.
However, he strongly criticized party members as well, saying that there were so many of them who were motivated by self interest.
[Interview : Park Ki-choon, Floor Leader
Democratic United Party] "If we don't get rid of our selfish desires, we won't be able to make a fresh appointment to the top post of the emergency committee. So I want to straighten this issue out by making it public to the people and party members, even if it takes all I have."
Meanwhile, President-elect Park is expected to finalize the list of people that will fill her presidential transition team as early as Friday.
Chief Spokesperson of Park's transition team Yoon Chang-joong told reporters that Park needs more time to determine whether the candidates are suitable.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News.
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