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Published : 2013-06-09 20:50
Updated : 2013-06-09 20:50

Political parties are set to question Cabinet members on economic democratization laws and inter-Korean relations in a four-day interpellation session that kicks off Monday.

In addition, the opposition parties will hone in on political issues including allegations of the National Intelligence Agency’s interference in last year’s presidential election as they assess the Park Geun-hye administration’s first 100 days.

The session will begin with political issues on Monday, followed by foreign affairs, unification and security on Tuesday, and economic issues on Wednesday.

The session will draw to a close on Thursday when education, social and cultural issues will be addressed.

The main opposition Democratic Party is said to be set to call for former NIS chief Won Sei-hoon to be detained while the investigation is conducted. In addition, the DP is expected to call for a parliamentary investigation into the issue should the results of the prosecutors’ investigation be deemed lacking.

For its part, the ruling Saenuri Party plans to hit back at the DP by depicting the opposition’s actions as political maneuverings regarding the ongoing investigation.

Won is under investigation over a number of alleged wrongdoings including using the spy agency to influence the presidential election in favor of President Park Geun-hye.

Aside from political issues, economic democratization issues are likely to be main points of contention for the two main parties.

The Saenuri Party is set to take a cautious approach to the issue, reflecting the strong opposition from business lobbies that claim the measures discussed so far are unfair on corporations, and from some nongovernmental organizations that have branded economic democratization laws as being populist policies.

The DP, however, will call for related regulations to be processed quickly as it has been concentrating on efforts to highlight its image of representing the common people.

As for foreign affairs and unification issues, the parties are likely to focus on measures to further improve inter-Korean relations.

The ruling party is also expected to push its agenda regarding the North Korean human rights act, which has floated around in the National Assembly for some time due to opposition from the progressive bloc.

By Choi He-suk  (cheesuk@heraldcorp.com)

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