Parliamentary audit kicks off
The first parliamentary audit under the Park Geun-hye administration has begun and we have Arirang's Ji Myung-kil at the National Assembly to give us the latest. Hello Myung-kil.
Hello Conn-young. The National Assembly is currently carrying out its inspection of 6-hundred-twenty-eight government offices and government-affiliated organizations.
This will be the largest parliamentary audit in the nation's history and it will continue for 20 days through November 2nd.
Myung-kil, the parliamentary probe comes after weeks of bipartisan political wrangling. How do the leaders of the ruling and the main opposition parties feel going into this three-week long inquiry?
Conn-young, at a meeting of senior party members earlier this morning ruling party floor leader Choi Kyung-hwan proposed that the main opposition Democratic Party join in a four-way meeting between the leaders and floor leaders of the two parties.
The goal would be to produce a joint declaration that both parties will stop their bickering and focus on people's livelihoods.
The Democratic Party, however, responded by saying that it did not agree with the format of the four-way meeting and that the focus now should be on the parliamentary audit and the public's livelihood.
What are some of the highlights of the audit Myung-kil?
The parliamentary health and welfare committee is looking into the government's recent proposal to scale back the national pension program, which caused a great deal of controversy because it was a key pledge made by the president during her campaign.
The national defense committee is investigating the recent postponement of the country's next-generation fighter jet project, in which the government decided not to buy the only remaining candidate, the Boeing F-15SE, and chose to re-launch the bid process.
The only audit taking place here at the National Assembly is by the foreign affairs and unification committee. Lawmakers are grilling Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se about how Korea plans to deal with Japan's territorial claims and its renewed push to beef up its defense capabilities.
Thank-you, Myung-kil, for that report.
That was Ji Myung-kil talking about the parliamentary audit of government offices from the National Assembly in Seoul.
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