The ruling and opposition parties failed Friday to follow through on an earlier agreement to hold a plenary session to vote on dozens of bills, including some politically volatile ones, as the main opposition party decided to filibuster to block the proceedings. National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang and floor leaders of three main parties – the ruling Democratic Party (DP) and opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and Bareunmirae Party – agreed in the morning that they would hold a voting session at 3 p.m. Friday. They agreed to first vote on 22 bills linked to the budget bill that was passed on Tuesday and dozens of uncontentious bills. After that they planned to introduce a series of five contentious bills, including a bill to revise the election law, for a vote. The contentious bills had been designated fast-track items in April after the DP and LKP had failed to agree on them. Earlier this month, Speaker Moon sent them for pre-voting deliberation. The DP and its allies are backing a bill to introduce a new general election system and a package of bills to weaken the prosecution’s powers by creating a new investigative agency for public servants and redistributing investigative… Read full this story
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