President Park to hold bipartisan meeting with rival party floor leaders this weekUpdated: 2014-07-07 14:28:12 (KST)
President Park Geun-hye will meet with the floor leaders of Korea's two main rival political parties and chief policymakers on Thursday to urge them to pass pending bills and settle unresolved issues.
The meeting will be the first of its kind since President Park took office in February last year.
She is expected to call for bipartisan cooperation in the passage of urgent bills, such as a government reorganization proposal and a special bill aimed at determining the truth behind the deadly Sewol-ho ferry disaster in April and supporting the victims' families.
The government reorganization bill contains a proposal by President Park to abolish the Korea Coast Guard, which is under fire for its poor response to the ferry sinking that resulted in the deaths of more than 300 people.
President Park also plans to push for the passage of bills aimed at increasing social welfare and removing excessive business regulations.
The president needs to move quickly in her reform drive to rally support of voters ahead of crucial by-elections on July 30th.
With politicians jockeying for the elections, the rival parties are expected to clash this week at the National Assembly as confirmation hearings for eight Cabinet nominees get underway Monday.
Lawmakers from the ruling Saenuri Party are under pressure to ensure all eight nominees are confirmed to complete President Park’s Cabinet reshuffle, after two prime minister candidates withdrew amid allegations of wrongdoing.
Opposition lawmakers from the New Politics Alliance for Democracy, on the other hand, are likely to try to block at least two Cabinet hopefuls.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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