Rival Parties Fail to Reach Compromise on Govt. Restructuring Bill
Deputy floor leaders of the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition Democratic United Party met late Monday night, but again failed to reach a deal on the new administration's government restructuring bill.
The biggest obstacle remains whether to transfer the Korea Communications Commission's licensing power for cable television system operators, to the newly proposed Ministry of Future, Creation and Science.
And as it is getting increasingly unlikely the bill will pass the plenary session on Tuesday, which is the final day of the National Assembly's extraordinary session for the month of February, the two sides have tentatively agreed to open another extraordinary session for the month of March, hinting at the possibility of long-term political deadlock.
However, a senior official from the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae told Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency Monday, that he does not completely rule out the possibility of the bill passing the National Assembly on the final day of this extraordinary session.
Meanwhile, regarding President Park Geun-hye's statement on the issue Monday, a poll shows the overwhelming majority of citizens think the parties should meet up immediately to strike a deal.
According to the survey conducted by Seoul-based Global Research on 1-thousand adults, 86 percent said the main opposition Democratic United Party should meet with the ruling Saenuri Party to draw up an agreement, since the president went as far as to make a speech on the issue.
Heo Seung-ha, Arirang News.
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