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Special Sewol-ho ferry bill agreement back in deadlock Updated: 2014-08-20 16:31:32 KST

  Special Sewol-ho ferry bill agreement back in deadlock

The deal struck on Tuesday by the country's two main parties on the special Sewol-ho ferry bill will likely need to be tweaked.
After the bereaved families' rejected the bill, members of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy held a meeting and concluded the bill cannot be passed without the families' consent.

"We still have a process ahead of us until the agreement is complete. We have to gain consent from the families of the victims and the public. In that regard, the ruling Saenuri Party needs to show more effort and responsibility in dealing with this issue."

The Saenuri Party said further renegotiations are not possible at this moment, and the party's chairman Kim Moo-sung said Wednesday that the priority has now shifted to passing pending economic bills.

"The National Assembly is currently stuck in the Sewol-ho black hole, making it impossible to pass any bills related to enhancing the livelihoods of the people. Due to the deadlock over the Sewol-ho bill, the window on the golden time to revitalize the economy is closing."

The representatives of the victims' families will gather for a meeting Wednesday evening and provide an official statement.
The families were dissatisfied with Tuesday's bipartisan agreement that would have allowed the Saenuri Party to select two of the seven members of a panel that would have set up a special counsel to investigate the causes of the ferry disaster.
Kwon Soa, Arirang News.
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