Democratic Party vows to restore democracy and boost public welfare
At a gathering of the full parliament and members of President Park Geun-hye's Cabinet Tuesday, Democratic Party floor leader Jun Byung-hun accused the Park administration of putting a dent in democracy and the welfare of the general public -- the values the Constitution says the government must uphold.
Calling the first eight months of the Park administration an era of crippled governance, Jun said it all emanated from "the spy agency's interference in last year's presidential election" and President Park's refusal to acknowledge it.
He argued the president has refused to communicate and work with the opposition and has turned a blind eye to the party's protests against the government and ruling party.
Jun called for tough reforms of the National Intelligence Service, including limits on its investigative power, that would be led by the parliament.
"The investigative power of the National Intelligence Service must be limited to information on North Korea, here and abroad. South Korea is the only advanced, democratic nation where the intelligence agency has investigative authority."
Saying that President Park has taken a step back from many of the campaign pledges she made on economic democratization and welfare, the opposition party floor leader also vowed to push for fair business practices and universal welfare.
"The Democratic Party will push for a paradigm shift to an economy where wages and consumption fuel growth, ending the old era of neoliberalism where land development and speculation led growth."
Jun made clear that his party will oppose the government's attempt to revise the nation's tax code, saying that it is a scheme that places a heavier revenue burden on salaried workers and the self-employed and asks very little from the wealthiest members of society.
"In response, the ruling Saenuri Party said the Democratic Party's claims about a democracy in retreat under the Park Geun-hye administration are nonsense, and that Korea's democracy is on par with some of the most advanced nations in the world."
Kim Yeon-ji, Arirang News.
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