President Park to hold bipartisan meeting with rival party floor leaders this weekUpdated: 2014-07-08 07:24:40 (KST)
With crucial by-elections coming up at the end of the month, President Park Geun-hye is seeking to rally support around the ruling party by breaking a deadlock at the National Assembly.
She has scheduled a meeting with the floor leaders of Korea's two main rival political parties and chief policymakers on Thursday, where she will urge them to pass a series of 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 as well as 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.
This week, the rival parties are set to clash at the National Assembly as confirmation hearings for eight Cabinet nominees get underway Monday.
With the by-election fast approaching on July 30th, the verification process is expected to be a tough one.
Lawmakers from the ruling Saenuri Party are under pressure to ensure all eight nominees are confirmed to complete President Park’s Cabinet reshuffle and rally voter support.
The ruling party is also hoping to ward off another appointment debacle, which could hurt the party's chances in the upcoming election.
Opposition lawmakers from the New Politics Alliance for Democracy will attempt to pressure at least two nominees to withdraw as part of efforts to highlight the problems with President Park's personnel appointments.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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