On the 22nd, two days before the plenary session of the National Assembly, in which the three opposition parties, including the Democratic Party of Korea, announced that the plan for a government investigation into the “Itaewon stampede” would be enforced, the ruling and opposition parties engaged in a fierce number battle over the state affairs investigation.
The day before, while the power of the people, the ruling party, pulled out the card of’consulting a government investigation after processing the budget bill’, the Democratic Party announced its intention to ‘conditionally accept’ the ruling party’s proposal on the premise of submitting a list of national aid at the general meeting of lawmakers on this day. It looks like there is.
Accordingly, the ruling and opposition parties are expected to continue discussions until the plenary session of the National Assembly on the 24th.
However, the Democratic Party is sticking to the existing stance of ‘adopting a government investigation plan on the 24th’, separate from the ruling party’s proposal, and the ruling party is demanding a definite answer from the opposition party, ‘conducting a parliamentary investigation after the announcement of the police investigation and the budget bill’. It is still difficult to predict an agreement until the plenary session.
Ho-young Joo, the floor leader of the People’s Power, who presented the proposal of ‘budget treatment first, government investigation later’ at the meeting of the ruling and opposition party floor representatives presided over by National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo the day before, confirmed this position again on this day.
Representative Joo met with reporters at the National Assembly in the morning and said, “If the Democratic Party makes it clear that it will conduct a government investigation after handling the budget, we can discuss the government investigation even before that.”
He continued, “If we can agree with the Democratic Party on that point, we will submit the list (Special National Security Committee), and if not, there will be no change in our existing position.” he added.
He expressed the position that the parliamentary investigation can be carried out with an agreement between the ruling and opposition parties if the government promises to process next year’s budget bill by the statutory deadline on December 2 or, at the latest, during the regular session of the National Assembly (December 9).
The Democratic Party, which submitted a state affairs investigation plan with the participation of the three parties the night before, reaffirmed the policy of “adopting the state affairs investigation plan of the plenary session on the 24th” at the General Assembly held this afternoon, but will accept the proposal of the state representative if the power of the people submits a list of special national affairs committees. revealed
Park Hong-geun, head of the floor, said, “Tomorrow, we must hold a general meeting of the special committee to elect the chairman and secretary and prepare an investigation plan,” while pressuring the ruling party to submit the list of special committee members. can proceed,” he said.
Responding to the floor leader Joo’s proposal of “processing the budget bill first, then investigating state affairs,” Park first adopted a government investigation plan, and as a second step, handled the budget bill during the preparation period for the parliamentary investigation, and immediately after that began a full-scale investigation. The ruler responded with a ‘three-step progression theory’.
Representative Oh Yeong-hwan told reporters after the meeting, “As requests for data submission usually take more than 10 days, and at most two weeks, if the budget bill is agreed upon within the regular National Assembly, it will inevitably take that much time.” It is for the members of the parliament to agree to start the activity,” he explained.
He added, “Even if the power of the people does not submit a list of special committees, the plan for a government investigation must be approved at the plenary session on the 24th.”
The representative of the main floor, who received the results of the Democratic Party’s general meeting, evaluated that “the Democratic Party has come up with an advanced plan,” but said, “When our opinions are settled on the final proposal proposed by the Democratic Party, we will hold a general assembly tomorrow and collect the opinions of lawmakers to make a decision.” .
In this regard, the representative of the floor convened a general meeting on the morning of the 23rd.
He said, “If the Democratic Party conducts a specific parliamentary investigation, we are reviewing and sending opinions on how to do such things as the period, subject, and scope of the parliamentary investigation,” he said. do,” he said.
However, the variable is that there is a hard-line theory of’opposition to the government investigation’ within the power of the people.
Among party lawmakers, there are also voices of opposition, saying, “Personal opinion of the main floor leader” and “A hasty proposal that runs counter to the party’s opinion.”
Chairman Kim Jin-pyo waited for discussions between the two parties without presiding over a separate meeting between the ruling and opposition parties that day.
Chairman Kim sent an official letter to the ruling and opposition parties the previous day, saying, “Please confirm and submit the list of special committee members by 6 pm on this day,” and delayed the deadline by one day, but the power of the people did not submit the list of special committee members for national security.
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