Parliament Holds Off Adopting Report on Results of PM Nominee's Confirmation Hearing
Not much progress was made on confirming President-elect Park Geun-hye's pick for prime minister before her inauguration this Monday.
This means not one member of her cabinet will most likely be confirmed when she takes office.
Moreover National Assembly lawmakers also failed to approve the incoming president's government restructuring plan.
Our Lee Ji-yoon has the latest on how Korea's next president will start with a hand-me down government. It was originally expected that the confirmation hearing committee would adopt the report on prime minister nominee Chung Hong-won on Friday afternoon, so that Chung's confirmation could be put up for a vote during next Tuesday's plenary session.
However, lawmakers from the opposition Democratic United Party refused to adopt the report, saying that Chung has not yet provided the committee with documents regarding his son's assets.
The nominee has been grilled by lawmakers on allegations of tax evasion, property speculation and his son's exemption from compulsory military service.
The committee also tried to verify Chung's ability to manage state affairs while exercising greater authority as prime minister.
With this latest postponement, it looks like the committee will have to meet again after President-elect Park Geun-hye's inauguration on Monday to discuss adopting the report on Chung's confirmation hearing.
His hearing isn't the only item that's exceeded the deadline.
Just last month, the ruling and opposition parties promised to approve President-elect Park's government restructuring plan before the February 14th deadline that they themselves had set.
But they failed to keep their promise and are still wrangling over the plan.
Key members from the two parties met on Friday with hopes of reaching an agreement before the president-elect's inauguration on Monday but that talks ended in failure.
Now, it's all but certain that President-elect Park will be taking office without her Cabinet in place, and will begin her term with outgoing President Lee Myung-bak's Cabinet.
Lee Ji-yoon, Arirang News.