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NIS chief to report reform plan to Assembly committee

NIS chief to report reform plan to Assembly committee

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Published : 2013-12-11 21:05
Updated : 2013-12-11 21:05

The National Intelligence Service will report its own reform plans to a special parliamentary committee Thursday amid controversy over its interference in domestic politics, lawmakers said.

The National Assembly committee on NIS reform plans to resume work after a tit-for-tat series of boycotts between the two main political parties left the work group’s operations hanging.

The bipartisan panel was launched Monday after allegations that prominent government institutions including the NIS had illegally interfered in the 2012 presidential elections caused an ever-deepening split between conservatives and liberals at the National Assembly. Public institutions are barred from participating in election campaigns by law.

NIS Director Nam Jae-joon will report the contents of a reform plan produced by the intelligence agency itself to the 14-member committee.

Committee members will subsequently hold public hearing sessions and review the National Intelligence Service Act and the Civil Service Act the following week.

Just one day after its inception, the ruling Saenuri Party boycotted committee activities to express their anger at two opposition Democratic Party lawmakers who had made controversial remarks about President Park Geun-hye.

DP representatives boycotted the special committee on budget and accounts in an eye for an eye move on the same day.

By Jeong Hunny (hj257@heraldcorp.com)

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