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Ruling party set to begin full-fledged leadership race

South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party kicked off the race to pick its new chairman with five candidates gunning for the top post.While the number of candidates originally stood at six, Reps. Lee Ju-young and Choung Byoung-gug, both five-term lawmakers, agreed to join forces. In the last minut...

Updated : 2016.07.29 16:59

[REPORTER’S COLUMN] Moral compass of modern-day 'royal kids'

Among the many things weighing on senior presidential secretary Woo Byung-woo is public criticism against his son and the benefits he seemingly enjoyed. This, in fact, has nearly overshadowed other al...

Updated : 2016.07.28 16:29

Ruling party lawmaker's parliamentary seat at stake due to wife's conviction

The wife of a ruling party lawmaker received a jail term on Thursday for violating the election law, which could lead to the nullification of her husband's election if the ruling is confirmed by the nation's top court.The Daegu District Court sentenced the wife of Rep. Kim Jong-tae of Saen...

Updated : 2016.07.28 14:34

Minjoo Party leader slams tax hike on cigarettes

The leader of the main opposition party on Wednesday urged the government to roll back a tax increase on cigarettes, criticizing the measure as a veiled attempt to collect more money by exploiting hea...

Updated : 2016.07.27 16:32

Saenuri vows to organize joint consultation group to tackle THAAD

South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party said Wednesday it will move quickly to form a joint consultation group made up of the military, the government and Seongju residents to discuss the deployment of an ...

Updated : 2016.07.27 10:40

Former Gyeonggi governor to skip Saenuri leadership race

Kim Moon-soo, a former governor of Gyeonggi Province who has been cited as one of the prominent contenders for the ruling party's leadership election, said Wednesday that he will not join the race.In ...

Updated : 2016.07.27 10:35

Saenuri attempts to appease Seongju over THAAD

The ruling Saenuri Party’s floor leader and fellow party members visited Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, Tuesday to soothe the area’s vehement opposition to the government’s decision to deploy ...

Updated : 2016.07.26 16:49

W11tr extra budget plan submitted to Assembly

The government’s extra budget plan for the latter half of this fiscal year was submitted to the National Assembly on Tuesday as rival parties continued to debate over the scope and purpose of the 11 ...

Updated : 2016.07.26 16:47

Cheong Wa Dae probes aide’s scandal

Cheong Wa Dae has launched a special inspection to look into the corruption allegations involving senior presidential secretary for civil affairs Woo Byung-woo, officials said Tuesday, as calls for hi...

Updated : 2016.07.26 16:31

Saenuri officials visit Seongju to help resolve THAAD dispute

Ruling Saenuri Party officials visited the southeastern town of Seongju on Tuesday, in a bid to find solutions to the on-going protests by residents who have opposed the deployment of an advanced U.S....

Updated : 2016.07.26 14:17

Former Saenuri whip repeats nuclear arms call

A former floor leader of the ruling Saenuri party said Monday that South Korea should declare nuclear armament if North Korea conducts more nuclear tests. Rep. Won Yoo-chul urged the government to shi...

Updated : 2016.07.25 16:51

Constitutional Court to announce position on controversial

South Korea's Constitutional Court on Monday said it will announce later this week whether applying the controversial anti-graft law to journalists and private school teachers is constitutional, ahead of its official implementation.The country is set to implement the so-called Kim Young-ra...

Updated : 2016.07.25 15:44

Scandals bolster opposition push for graft probe body

A series of bribery scandals involving top presidential aides and prosecutors are expected to boost opposition parties’ push for an independent agency to probe high-profile corruption, which has been...

Updated : 2016.07.22 17:55

Opposition seeks to punish defamation of democracy movement

South Korea's opposition parties on Friday vowed to revise the existing law on honoring the symbolic May 18 movement, adding that any attempt to defame its spirit should be punished.The move, if made into law, would make it illegal to use newspapers, TV broadcasts or any other form of publ...

Updated : 2016.07.22 14:42

Park to take five-day summer vacation next week

President Park Geun-hye will take a five-day summer vacation next week at her official residence, her office Cheong Wa Dae said Friday, dismissing speculation that her vacation could be pushed back due to a series of ongoing issues, including the disturbing allegations surrounding her seni...

Updated : 2016.07.22 10:19