Chiefs of rival parties to hold news conferences next weekUpdated: 2014-01-10 22:29:17 (KST)
The ruling Saenuri Party will hold its New Year's news conference in Seoul next Tuesday, about one week after President Park Geun-hye held her own.
Saenuri Party chief Hwang Woo-yea is expected to outline how his party intends to help President Park realize her three-year economic innovation plan.
The president wants to put the country on the path to a per-capita income of 40-thousand U.S. dollars and a 70-percent employment rate before her term ends.
With that in mind, the ruling party chief is likely to talk about how the National Assembly should support the slowly recovering economy and boost domestic demand.
As the legislation of such bills requires bipartisan efforts, Hwang is likely to seek help from the main opposition party.
Another issue that may come up during the press conference is reunification with North Korea, which President Park described as being a "jackpot" in her New Year's address.
On the other side of the political aisle lies the main opposition Democratic Party, whose chairman Kim Han-gil will hold his New Year's press conference on Monday.
Political watchers expect Kim to urge President Park and the government to communicate more effectively in 2014, both with the general public and the opposition.
He's also expected to once again call on the president to launch an independent investigation into allegations that a number of state institutions, including the spy agency and the military, tried to influence the outcome of the 2012 presidential election in favor of now-President Park Geun-hye.
Reviving the economy is also a goal of the DP, but the party wants to do it by promoting fair business practices.
"The rival parties' press conferences early next week will be the first ones held under the current leadership and both leaders are expected to address two main issues that kept the National Assembly in a deadlock for much of last year: the policy divide between the rival parties and the election manipulation scandal.
Kim Yeon-ji, Arirang News."
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