Regular parliamentary session begins amid Sewol-ho ferry disputeUpdated: 2014-09-02 06:51:43 (KST)
Some 3-hundred lawmakers gathered Monday to open their regular parliamentary session and first plenary session.
The Assembly Speaker used the opportunity to urge lawmakers to regain the people's trust and carry out their legislative duties.
"We must put an end to the Sewol-ho ferry bill standstill. The rival parties should yield more and seek understanding. We must focus on reviving the economy to improve the livelihoods of the people and on improving relations between South and North Korea."
Over the next hundred days the National Assembly is tasked with passing next year's spending budget and a set of economic stimulus and anti-corruption bills, as well as conducting the annual parliamentary audit on the government.
"The regular parliamentary session must meet the needs of the people. We must work on next year's budget plans and pass bills related to improving the livelihoods of the people."
But before that can happen, the rival parties will have to resolve a months-long deadlock over a bill designed to uncover the causes of April's ferry accident.
Extraordinary sessions were held in July and August, but not a single bill was passed amid the bipartisan wrangling.
"The Saenuri Party and the victims' families must reach a compromise over the Sewol-ho ferry bill. The New Politics Alliance for Democracy has been persistent in its efforts to enact it."
In attempts to break the impasse, Saenuri Party Floor Leader Lee Wan-koo held a third round of talks with the victims' families on Monday, but they failed to reach an agreement.
"The bereaved families are not backing down from their demand. that the committee in charge of the probe have the right to investigate and indict those found responsible for April's ferry tragedy. But the ruling Saenuri Party is steadfast in its concerns that doing so could disturb the judicial system and the division of powers.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News."
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