Extraordinary parliamentary session kicks offUpdated: 2014-07-22 06:28:01 (KST)
The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy agreed Monday to re-launch a task force whose sole responsibility will be ironing out a special bill aimed at determining the cause of April's ferry disaster.
The legislation calls for the creation of a parliamentary inspection team and outlines measures to provide compensation for the families of the victims, some of whom have been on a hunger strike since last week, demanding that the bill be passed by this Thursday.
For that to happen, the nation's two main political parties will first have to resolve their differences.
The main opposition party wants a special judicial police officer appointed to the parliamentary inspection team to ensure the effectiveness of the investigation.
The ruling party has raised concerns about the idea, saying it could disturb judicial order and the division of powers prescribed by Korea's Constitution.
"Our party has made new proposals to the ruling party, as it's been saying that appointing the judicial officer disturbs the judicial order, but regardless, a plenary session must open on the 24th."
"The proposals given by the main opposition party could affect Korea's judicial order. We must get consent from the people. This is not a matter to be decided by a few."
The ruling party has instead proposed appointing a special prosecutor to conduct investigations at the request of the inspection team.
The unified main opposition has accused the ruling party of trying to block passage of the special bill, while the ruling party is blaming the main opposition for playing politics with the issue heading into the July 30th by-elections, where 15 parliamentary seats will be decided.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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