Rival Parties Agree on Govt. Restructuring Bill
After weeks of political deadlock, Korea's ruling and opposition parties finally reached a compromise Sunday over President Park Geun-hye's controversial government restructuring plan.
Yoo Li-an has the details.
Forty-seven days have passed since the ruling Saenuri Party submitted a bill on government restructuring plans back in January.
After countless rounds of talks the two sides finally agreed to put an end to the political standoff on Sunday.
The main opposition Democratic United Party agreed to the ruling party's demand to transfer the power to oversee cable television network operators to the new science ministry from the current Korea Communications Commission.
The DUP,… which feared the bill would strengthen the government's power over the media,… has instead introduced new measures to guarantee broadcasting neutrality.
"To oversee the fair market share for cable TV service operators and guarantee political freedom for these channels, a special parliamentary committee will be set up this month. A DUP lawmaker will head the committee."
The National Assembly will vote on the legislation this Wednesday.
With the three-week long parliamentary impasse finally coming to an end President Park will now be able to address pressing issues.
"President Park has expressed hope the new government and opposition parties will make efforts to revitalize the Ministry of Science … to revive the economy and create new jobs."
Within the next three months, President Park is expected to focus on creating a roadmap for each ministry and setting up detailed tasks to be tackled within the year.
She is also likely to call on parliament to open confirmation hearings for the minister nominees of the science ministry and the fisheries ministry as early as Friday.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.