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Political bickering keeps bills up in the air Updated: 2014-04-15 06:27:44 KST

A number of crucial bills are still pending at the National Assembly.
With less than two months to go before local elections, the ruling Saenuri Party was quick to pin the blame on the main opposition party.

"The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy is keeping so many bills at hostage because it is not backing away from a set of broadcasting-related bills. We need to pass the welfare bills, the anti-nuclear terrorism bills and the defense-cost sharing pact with the U.S., along with many others at April's parliamentary extra session."

Choi said that during the administrations of presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun, the percentage of bills passed was about 60 percent and 40 percent respectively, because the Saenuri Party, which was the main opposition party at the time, cooperated.
But passage of bills during the Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye administration came at just 15 percent and 12 percent respectively.
Choi said it's because the current opposition party has refused to work with the ruling party.
The New Politics Alliance for Democracy has put more focus on making the candidate nomination system more transparent ahead of the June local elections.

"The party will start fielding candidates starting today. We will replace over 20 percent of incumbent local government heads at the city's wards offices and councilors applying for nominations in local elections."

The move is intended to replace officials who have been repeatedly nominated by the party over the years.

"On Monday the New Politics Alliance for Democracy held their first meeting to screen candidates who may have engaged in bribery, embezzlement or sexual harassment. The opposition party hopes that by applying stricter rules, it will help the party reach its aim of creating new politics.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News."


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