Standing alongside key policymakers on Tuesday morning, Deputy Prime Minister Choi Kyung-hwan sounded the alarm about the state of the Korean economy and called out lawmakers for their inability to pass a number of key bills aimed at reviving it.
" The pulse of our economy is weakening. If those bills related to the livelihoods of the people do not pass during this session, and if we fail to stoke the embers of economic recovery, the economy could go off the tracks and we'd face difficulties in turning it around."
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While Choi said he understands the importance of the so-called Sewol-ho ferry bill, he also said that nine economic bills, which have been labeled as urgent, need to be passed as soon as possible.
Choi also pointed out that at least 30 other pending bills need attention as well, all intended to stabilize people's livelihoods.
The finance minister asked that lawmakers show leadership moving forward.
Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.