Rival Parties Fail to Reach Compromise on Govt. Restructuring Bill
Ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition Democratic United Party passed a couple of revised bills on Tuesday afternoon, but failed to reach a deal on the big one: 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 science ministry.
With the main opposition Democratic United Party standing firm on its opposition to the restructuring bill, the Saenuri Party on Tuesday submitted a unilateral request to hold another extraordinary session, which would open on March 8th, with hopes of restarting negotiations over the government bill as quickly as possible.
That said, passage of the bill can't be unilateral, and a final agreement from both sides of the political aisle will still be needed to push President Park Geun-hye's restructuring bill through.
Meanwhile at the nation's top office, President Park failed to hold her first cabinet meeting for the second consecutive week on Tuesday because her Cabinet has yet to be approved by the Assembly.
With no Cabinet of her own, she is relying on presidential secretaries to oversee state affairs which is leading to growing concerns that the new government could be forced into a prolonged period of paralysis.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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