Political wrangling expected during parliamentary inspection of government offices
This year's parliamentary inspection of government offices kicked off on Monday and will last 20 days, finishing early next month.
Sixteen standing committees at the National Assembly will look into 6-hundred-30 government offices and institutions, the largest number ever.
The nation's ruling and opposition parties both said Sunday that they'll focus on the inspection itself and refrain from political bickering, but it looks like that could be wishful thinking.
Analysts say they expect the two sides to get sucked into political point scoring considering the inspection is starting almost one month late due to the previous deadlock at the National Assembly, and this is the first official parliamentary audit under the Park Geun-hye administration.
Issues related to allegations that the nation's intelligence agency meddled in last year's presidential election,. and the missing 2007 inter-Korean summit transcript, are likely to rise to the surface.
Lawmakers are also expected to grill the nation's financial regulators for their lack of supervision regarding the recent debt-ridden Tong Yang Group crisis, that caused huge losses to investors.
Twelve standing committees, including legal, welfare, defense, began their inspections on Monday.
The Legislation and Judiciary Committee is delving into diverse issues, such as those related to former prosecuter general Chae Dong-wook's resignation and allegations left-wing lawmaker Lee Seok-ki was formulating plans to topple the government.
While the welfare committee scrutinizes the government's scaled-down pension plan, the defense committee is probing officials about issues at the defense ministry, including the delayed fighter jet project and its ability to deal with cyber attacks.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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