June parliamentary session: ferry accident probe underway, bills, Cabinet nominees to be under parliamentary reviewUpdated: 2014-06-14 18:19:43 (KST)
During the extraordinary session for the month of June starting on Wednesday, the ruling and opposition sides could continue to butt heads over the bipartisan probe to determine the causes and culprits of April's Sewol-ho ferry disaster.
While the special committee has agreed to set up an investigative team, including representatives of the families of the victims Tuesday, the ruling party wants briefings about the accident from related government ministries to start on June 23rd at the latest.
Citing the lack of time to investigate the facts, the opposition side wants the briefings to be held from July 14th to the 26th.
There are a number of bills that need to be reviewed by standing committees, many of them put forth in the aftermath of the ferry tragedy.
Some of the bills include one designed to root out corruption in public service and another restricting retired public officials from privileges and employment in the public sector.
Following President Park's personnel appointments this week, there are nine nominees that need to be confirmed by parliament.
Controversy over prime minister nominee Moon Chang-keuk's past remarks on Korean history continues to mount.
"Calling on the nominee to withdraw without listening to his views, will and beliefs would be ignoring the parliamentary personnel verification process and an anti-parliamentary way of thinking."
"So long as President Park Geun-hye insists on keeping the prime minister nominee or the presidential chief of staff, our nation will regress and division of public opinion will intensify."
But with the two parties falling short of completing the formation of standing committee heads and settling other issues, it remains uncertain whether they will be able to pass the bills and confirm the Cabinet nominees during the upcoming session.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.
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