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Lawmakers rush to pass dozens of bills on final regular parliamentary session day

Updated: 2013-12-11 (KST)
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The National Assembly passed 37 bills on its very last plenary meeting of the annual regular session.
The bills include, several related to boosting the nation's real estate market, and several others that aim to bring about the vision of "cultural enrichment," one of key national goals set by President Park Geun-hye.
Those include a basic law on culture, and a revised copyright law.
Revised bills on the sustainable development of Dokdo and the management of livestock products also passed the assembly.
Remaining bills will be dealt with at the legislature's provisional sessions, beginning this Wednesday until January 3rd next year.
The passing of 37 bills was possible, as the floor leaders of both parties met and agreed on Tuesday afternoon, to go ahead with parliamentary schedules as planned, despite the controversy over remarks by two Democratic Party lawmakers against President Park Geun-hye.
DP lawmaker Chang Ha-na, referring to allegations that the National Intelligence Service meddled in last year's presidential election, called the election a fraud.
She demanded that President Park step down and called for a fresh election.
Another DP lawmaker, Yang Seoung-jo, said that should President Park refuse to listen to the people, she could meet the same fate as her father, the late President Park Chung-hee who was assassinated.
In response, the ruling Saenuri Party has filed a motion at the assembly's disciplinary committee to expel the two DP lawmakers, from parliament.
The motion, signed by all 1-hundred-55 ruling conservative party members, strongly condemns their remarks, saying they agitated the constitutional order of the country, and impaired the honor and authority of the National Assembly.
The Democratic Party expressed regrets over the ruling party's action, saying the motion was based on partisan interests.
It added the remarks did not warrant being kicked out of the National Assembly.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.

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