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Premier makes appeal amid party standoff over Sewol

As the deadlock over the special Sewol bill continued Friday, the prime minister made a public address calling for the swift legislation of outstanding bills in an attempt to put more pressure on the ...

Updated : 2014.08.29 21:17

Prominent opposition lawmaker to stand trial for defamation

A prominent opposition lawmaker has been indicted on charges of defaming a younger brother and a former close aide of President Park Geun-hye by raising allegations that they had intervened in presidential affairs, prosecutors said Friday. Rep. Park Jie-won of the No. 1 opposition New Poli...

Updated : 2014.08.29 10:44

Sewol bill controversy to throw Assembly session into disarray

The two main parties remained deadlocked over the “special Sewol bill” Thursday, with no plans laid out for the National Assembly’s regular session that begins Sept. 1.The main opposition New Polit...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:55

Park mulls declaring flood areas special disaster zones

President Park Geun-hye said Thursday that she would consider declaring South Korea’s southeastern areas hit hard by recent torrential rains special disaster zones.The designation, if made, would make the affected areas eligible for additional government support, including up to 80 percen...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:51

Moderate lawmakers call for restraint amid Sewol deadlock

Moderate lawmakers criticized hardline party leaders on Thursday for escalating the deadlock over the special Sewol bill, stressing the need to attend to other urgent affairs in the National Assembly.Monthslong partisan divisions over the special bill has indefinitely postponed annual parl...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:43

No end in sight for Sewol bill dispute

The ruling and main opposition parties continued their standoff over the special Sewol bill Wednesday as their leaders engaged in talks with the victims’ families.The main opposition New Politics All...

Updated : 2014.08.27 21:08

Saenuri chief edges opposition rival in poll

Kim Moo-sung, chairman of the ruling Saenuri Party, took the lead for the first time in the latest poll conducted to measure approval ratings of nine potential presidential candidates this week. The S...

Updated : 2014.08.27 21:07

Main opposition steps up pressure over Sewol bill

The National Assembly ground to a halt Tuesday with the main opposition party taking “extraordinary actions” over the disputed “special Sewol bill.”Following a marathon general meeting of lawmaker...

Updated : 2014.08.26 21:26

Chief’s shaky footing pushes NPAD into hardline stance

The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy’s action regarding the so-called special Sewol bill is raising speculation that factionalism is once again rearing its head. In this round of a...

Updated : 2014.08.26 21:14

Xi asked Park to ‘tread carefully’ on U.S. missile defense system

BEIJING (Yonhap) ― Chinese President Xi Jinping asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye to “tread carefully” over a U.S. move to deploy its advanced missile-defense system in South Korea during their July summit, two Seoul diplomatic sources said Tuesday.Xi had raised the issue durin...

Updated : 2014.08.26 21:14

President calls for regulatory reform

President Park Geun-hye emphasized the importance of deregulation in boosting the economy on Tuesday, as her administration looked to kick its regulatory reform into overdrive.“The inevitable conclus...

Updated : 2014.08.26 21:14

Saenuri lawmaker’s arrest motion filed with parliament

A motion to arrest a ruling party lawmaker accused of taking bribes was filed with the parliament on Tuesday, justice ministry officials said.Rep. Song Kwang-ho of the ruling Saenuri Party is being investigated by the prosecution on suspicion of taking bribes worth 55 million won ($54,000)...

Updated : 2014.08.26 21:13

[Herald Interview] Gyeonggi a test bed for coalition politics

Gyeonggi Province, the largest local jurisdiction in South Korea, has recently become a test bed for a political coalition between the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Allianc...

Updated : 2014.08.26 21:07

Opposition party launches sit-in over ferry disaster bill

The main opposition party launched a sit-in Tuesday in protest of the ruling party's refusal to discuss a controversial bill aimed at uncovering the truth behind April's deadly ferry sinking in a new format involving family members of the victims.The sit-in, staged by leaders of the No. 1 ...

Updated : 2014.08.26 10:21

Parties dig in heels over Sewol bill, throw Assembly off course

Deadlocked over the special bill concerning the Sewol ferry disaster, the two main political parties are once again on course to derail the schedule for parliamentary operations. On Sunday, main oppos...

Updated : 2014.08.25 21:28