President Park hosts New Year's greeting ceremonyUpdated: 2014-01-03 PM 9:52:46 (KST)
Alongside some 200 key government officials that represent ministries and state administrations, President Park Geun-hye held a New Year's greeting ceremony on Friday afternoon at the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae.
She used the opportunity to urge the government to quickly pull up the national income level to 40-thousand U.S. dollars, and once again called for a peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula.
"Like a galloping horse, I hope this year will be one filled with energy for our economy and our people."
Among those in attendance at Friday's ceremony was Democratic Party leader Kim Han-gil, making it the first time in five months that the opposition party has taken part in a bipartisan meeting.
He proposed the creation of a special committee that consists of representatives from the rival parties and the presidential office to resolve conflicts that stem from the growing economic gap between the classes.
Ruling Saenuri Party leader Hwang Woo-yea meanwhile, said 2014 would be a year in which his party would only look towards improving the lives of ordinary people.
Now on Monday, President Park will hold her very first New Year's press conference at Cheong Wa Dae,.. where she is expected to lay out her plans for the new year.
In the conference, attended by cabinet members and top Cheong Wa Dae secretaries, President Park is expected to ensure the new policies actually bring about fruitful results so that people can feel their effects.
Following her speech,.. she will hold her very first public Q&A session with reporters, a move that's being interpreted as an effort to tame criticisms from the opposition party that she hasn't communicated effectively with the people.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.
President Park's New Year's press conference will be brought to be live here on Arirang TV at 10 AM Monday local time.
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