Rival political parties butt heads in interpellation session

Rival political parties butt heads in interpellation session


Government officials will be in the hotseat
at the National Assembly. On day one,… the ruling party’s focus was
rooting out corruption of the previous government,… while the opposition’s all revved up to grill
the current adminsitration. Kim Min-ji gets us up to speed with the 4-day
process. Rival political parties clashed on Monday
as lawmakers questioned the government in the first interpellation session under the
Moon administration. The ruling party used the opportunity to expose
irregularities under the previous government,… saying that the people’s trust had fallen
to new lows in the wake of a power-abuse scandal that rattled the country. “How are the task forces on eliminating corruption
carrying out their duties?” “Such committees are up and running at 19
ministries. It’s too early to make an assessment, but
the culture ministry, which was the core of the scandal,… is making progress,… cutting
the number of top-level posts.” The opposition parties, however, said that
the Moon administration was the biggest beneficiary of the corruption scandal… accusing it of
pumping out costly populist policies to win support. They said rather — now is the time to focus
on boosting security,… quizzing the prime minister on the government’s North Korea policy,
and criticizing it for taking a back seat to other regional powers. “How long are we going to neglect this crisis? The Moon government’s North Korea policies
need to be drastically revised.” “The government is stepping up sanctions and
pressure. We’re working closely with the international
community,… as well as boosting our own deterrence by deploying THAAD and acquiring
more powerful missiles.” The prime minister, however, said that redeploying
tactical weapons isn’t being considered,… saying that the government maintains the goal
of a nuclear-free peninsula. The interpellation session will run until
Thursday,… covering various topics, including foreign affairs and defense, economic affairs
and social issues. Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.

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