Main political issues topping parties' agenda 1Updated: 2014-01-03 PM 8:37:05 (KST)
The fear of an unprecedented provisional budget is now behind us as the National Assembly passed the 2014 budget bill in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Today we take a look at what political issues and events are in store for us in 2014.
We are now joined by our Kim Yeon-ji.
The rival parties are now eyeing the local elections in June, in which Koreans will elect roughly 39-hundred heads of local governments and superintendents nationwide.
The stakes are particularly high for the ruling Saenuri Party, in an environment where religious and civic groups have called for President Park Geun-hye to step down, saying the presidential election of 2012 that brought her into office was a fraud.
The spy agency stands accused of trying to influence the outcome of the election in favor of now-President Park Geun-hye, by posting biased messages online.
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The ruling Saenuri Party plans to harness all party resources and energy for the elections in a bid to consolidate the Park Geun-hye administration.
"It's time for us to pull up our sleeves and approach the public with a humble heart and integrity. We must make 2014 a year that guarantees a bright future for the party."
The main opposition Democratic Party, which has suffered a string of election defeats including the 2012 presidential election, plans to appeal to voters by targeting the Park administration, which they say has worsened the people's livelihoods and the nation's democracy.
"In addition to protecting democracy and the people's livelihoods, we need an election victory this brand new year."
The Democratic Party faces an uphill battle, as it has not only the ruling party to worry about, but also a new party led by independent lawmaker Ahn Cheol-soo.
Ahn's new third party is fast gaining popularity in the southwestern Honam region, which has long been the Democratic Party's traditional power base.
"The old system and way of thinking that aims to keep its vested rights by settling for regionalism, while at the same time refusing to reform itself and talking down one another, this old system must be eradicated starting in the Honam region."
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