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Rival parties strike deal on special Sewol-ho ferry bill Updated: 2014-08-20 03:41:50 KST

The ruling Saenuri party conceded on Tuesday, to giving the committee charged with handling the Sewol-ho ferry invetigation special prosecutorial powers, as demanded by the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy.

"Four spots on the panel will be allocated to lawmakers. Two will be reserved for the main opposition party and two for the ruling party. We will appoint our share of the two, only after seeking approval from the opposition and families of the ferry victims."

Both parties' floor leaders also agreed to start discussing the matter of compensation for the victims and surviving families and passage for a series of urgent bills in the upcoming plenary session next month.

"Ninety-three urgent bills and 43 others that are pending, will be pushed to the next plenary session. But only bills that are approved by chief policymakers from both parties will be passed."

The floor leaders the rival parties promised to continue negotiations on the days for the Sewol-ho ferry hearings and who will be called in as witnesses.
However, the family members of the Sewol-ho ferry victims stand opposed to today's deal, demanding all four panel members be recommended by the main opposition party.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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