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Ruling party rejects opposition's proposal for three-way talks on ferry bill

Updated: 2014-08-25 06:36:33 (KST)
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We start this morning at Korea's National Assembly
The ruling party has rejected a proposal by the opposition party to negotiate a long-stalled bill on April's Sewol-ho ferry disaster with the victims' families.
The ruling Saenuri Party's floor spokesperson expressed concerns on Sunday that the opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy may be attempting to break a previous agreement between the two parties.
He added that passing a bill through the tripartite negotiations would be a violation of representative democracy.
Earlier, the opposition had not only proposed the three-way talks but also pressured President Park Geun-hye to listen to the families, who have been camping out near the presidential office demanding to meet the president.
Political wrangling over the details of the bill have stalled the passage of major bills and put the brakes on the president's running of state affairs.


Reporter : yschoi@arirang.co.kr

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