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Main opposition party delays ferry bill agreement as families rebuff Updated: 2014-08-20 12:28:24 KST

The deal struck on Tuesday by the country's two main parties on the Sewol-ho ferry bill will likely need to be tweaked.
Saenuri Party floor leader Lee Wan-koo and his main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy counterpart Park Young-sun announced their agreement on the last day of the National Assembly's month-long extraordinary session with relieved smiles as the bill took weeks of wrangling.
But the opposition party ended up having to hold another five hour-long meeting after the bereaved families' rejected the bill.
The families were still dissatisfied with the make-up of the committee members charged with handling the investigation.

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.

We're disappointed that the rival parties made agreements in this way, which is saddening the bereaved families once again.

The majority of the opposition party say the families' rejection means the bill cannot be passed, but a few members say there is no more time for delay.
The ruling party's floor leader said further renegotiations are not possible at this moment, as the governing party had already conceded to giving special prosecutorial powers, as demanded by the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy.
An extraordinary parliamentary session on the issue will be held Friday.
Kwon Soa, Arirang News.

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