Prime minister-nominee Moon Chang-keuk's apology for controversial remarks he made years back about Japan's colonization of the Korean peninsula doesn't go far enough for the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy, or NPAD.
"Japan's colonization remains the biggest scar for the Korean people. We cannot nominate a prime minister who has a distorted view of history. If the government proceeds with the confirmation hearings, it will be criticized for lacking common sense."
Should the presidential office push ahead with Moon's nomination, some NPAD lawmakers say they would consider boycotting the confirmation hearing in protest.
And the negative views of the prime minister nominee aren't reserved for the opposition party.
Six, first-term lawmakers of the ruling Saenuri Party have issued statements calling for Moon to withdraw his nomination, while a number of more experienced lawmakers have openly criticized him.
But, the ruling party's floor leader Lee Wan-koo plans to go ahead with the confirmation process.
"There seem to be suspicions and doubts about the prime minister nominee, but the National Assembly has a duty to proceed with the confirmation hearing and evaluate whether the candidate is suitable."
The National Assembly will ultimately hold a plenary vote on Moon's nomination, which would require the attendance of at least 143 lawmakers.
To be confirmed, Moon would need at least half of those in attendance to vote 'yes.'
"Once the National Assembly receives a formal request calling for a confirmation hearing, lawmakers are required to hold one within 20 days.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News."