Political deadlock likely to continue for weeks to come
It looks like business at the National Assembly will stay on hold for a while after a highly anticipated meeting between the president and rival parties failed to produce an agreement on how to end an impasse that's dragged on for more than a month.
After the meeting, the Democratic Party said it would continue a street campaign it started over a month ago to protest the spy agency's alleged meddling in last year's presidential election.
The campaign has effectively stalled parliamentary business, which means that a string of important livelihood bills, including a government tax revision plan and next year's budget, as well as measures to boost the real estate market, are still hanging in the balance.
President Park on Tuesday slammed the opposition party for its decision to continue with its street protests.
"If the DP continues to disregard the people's livelihoods and insist on staying out on the streets, it will face resistance from the public, and the main opposition will have to take responsibility for that."
Democratic Party leader Kim Han-gil fired back with criticism of his own.
"President Park has proven incompetent in looking after people's livelihoods. She's ignored democracy. That's why people's lives are fraught with difficulties today. She bears the biggest responsibility for the hard lives of the people."
The president's message was echoed by the ruling Saenuri Party, which has called on the opposition party to take the tents down and return to parliament.
"I politely ask the Democratic Party to rethink its controversial stance, which I did not see coming, and help us resume parliamentary business to work on livelihood issues."
Political analyst Lee Cheol-hui told Arirang TV Tuesday that the gap between President Park and the ruling party on one side and the Democratic Party on the other is great, and that it is impossible to project at this point when and how the situation will be resolved.
Kim Yeon-ji, Arirang News.
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