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Korea's rival parties look ahead after local elections Updated: 2014-06-10 06:28:24 KST

Korea's rival parties look ahead after local elections
With the campaigning over and the races decided, the ruling Saenuri Party and main opposition party now face a slew of challenges ahead.
The ruling party plans to establish a new committee to reform the government's overall management system in the wake of April's ferry disaster.

"We expect a new prime minister and new Cabinet members. To coincide with President Park Geun-hye's upcoming reshuffle, our party is considering plans to restructure itself."

The Saenuri Party will also hold a party convention on July 14th to nominate a new leader.
Meanwhile the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy also said it would do its best to regain the public's trust.

"After the June 4th local elections what people want is social integrity, a system of checks-and-balances, and a safer Korea. We will work towards answering the public's demands."

Both parties will also be trying to rally the troops ahead of July 30th by-elections.
They are considered important as the number of National Assembly seats up for grabs could be as high as 18.
Ten former lawmakers gave up their Assembly badges to run in local elections, while two lawmakers lost seats for violating election laws.
***Another eight**** more seats could be available as lawmakers are awaiting rulings on other charges.

"Political analysts say the outcome of the by-elections could serve as another barometer of public sentiment on the heels of the local elections.
The ruling party currently holds 149 seats in parliament and needs just one more to resume its majority status at the 300-member National Assembly.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News."
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