As the Democratic Party’s proposal for a bill to ‘completely deprive the prosecutor’s office of investigation’ was imminent, Jungkook fell into a turbulence. The opposition between the ruling and opposition parties escalated to extremes in line with President-elect Yoon Seok-yeol’s nomination of Han Dong-hoon as prosecutor and justice minister. They fought with great force by using harsh expressions such as ‘declaring war’ and ‘bragging about strength’.
Ho-jung Yun, chairman of the joint emergency countermeasures committee of the Democratic Party, appeared on TBS radio on the 14th and stated, “The appointment of a prosecutor as the Minister of Justice would have surprised the public and even the prosecution, but this is a kind of ‘declaration of war’ by Yoon-elect to the National Assembly.” “If the Ministry of Justice is now separated from the investigation authority of the prosecution, there is a possibility that it will be in charge of a separate investigation agency, and even now, the Minister of Justice has the authority to request a special prosecutor.” I don’t think it’s an expression of the will to do it,” he emphasized. The Democratic Party foretold a thorough examination of one candidate. Even if the National Assembly does not adopt the hearing report, the President can enforce the appointment of the Minister. Because of this, it is said that a spark from a candidate may have been a difficult task for the approval of the Prime Minister candidate Han Deok-soo.
At the Supreme Council meeting on the same day, Representative Lee Jun-seok of People’s Power said, “We will thoroughly support a candidate through a personnel hearing.” As a member, I ask that you put a lot of effort into modernizing the legal administration and establishing an advanced judicial system.”
The People’s Power launched a public opinion battle to block the Democratic Party’s overhaul. First, they urged President Moon Jae-in and National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seok to express their positions.
Representative Lee said, “If we push through legislation that has nothing but slogans, the result will be ‘Jimin Wan-bak (completely crushing the Democratic Party in the June 1 local elections)’. The public is paying attention to whether President Moon will exercise his veto power on the bill. It would be a pity if the Speaker of the National Assembly and the President cooperated and left a stain on the Democratic Party’s boasting of power,” he said.
The Democratic Party announced that it would propose amendments to the Criminal Procedure Act and the Prosecutor’s Office Act on the same day, but it faced difficulties. Representative Park Hong-geun, the floor leader of the Democratic Party, plans to propose a new bill that includes the signatures of 172 Democratic lawmakers instead of the previously proposed Criminal Procedure Act and Prosecutor’s Office Act. However, the bill was not yet completed, and as opinions were expressed that it would be difficult to obtain signatures from all members of the House of Representatives, it was decided to postpone it through a motion on the 15th.
Prosecutor General Kim Oh-su visited the National Assembly on the same day and met with Park Gwang-on, chairman of the Democratic Party’s Legislative and Judiciary Committee, and appealed for the injustice of the prosecution.
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