Parliament stalemate following appointments of Constitutional Court justices

Parliament stalemate following appointments of Constitutional Court justices


President Moon Jae-in appointed two new justices
to the Constitutional Court,… despite strong protests from the opposition blocs. Although parliament’s consent is not required
in making such a move,… it’s expected to fuel tensions at the National Assembly. Kim Min-ji explains further. A prolonged stalemate is expected at the National
Assembly after President Moon Jae-in went ahead with his appointment of Lee Mi-sun and
Moon Hyung-bae as Constitutional Court justices,… despite objections from the opposition bloc. The main opposition Liberty Korea Party warned
that it would mobilize all possible means of resistance,… both in and outside of parliament. “Six of the nine constitutional justice seats
have now been filled by those with the ideological inclinations of the Moon Jae-in government. There will be no need for the administration
to fight for law revisions in parliament now.” The opposition was strongly against the appointment
of Lee Mi-sun, in particular,… over her controversial stock trading activities. She and her husband reportedly traded stocks
some 55-hundred times,… but Lee has denied any involvement. The opposition parties have accused her of
using insider information to make money from stocks,… while she was also criticized for
presiding over trials involving a company in which she holds stocks in. The latest appointment looks as though it
will put the brakes on a stack of pending bills related to the economy — including
ones related to work hours and the minimum wage system. It may also delay deliberations of the government’s
supplementary budget bill which it plans to submit next week. The ruling Democratic Party has defended Lee
saying there was no illegal act involved,… and blamed the main opposition party for not
getting any work done in parliament. “What proof does the Liberty Korea Party have? The party is spreading fake news and stepping
up attacks. They are putting people’s livelihoods aside
and just holding back state affairs. They should return to the National Assembly
and get some work done.” The president has suggested to convene a meeting
between the rival parties and the government to try to break the impasse,… but whether
that will be enough remains to be seen,… as the appointment was something both conservative
and liberal opposition parties were against. Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.

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