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Moon to meet ruling party officials over N. Korea, bipartisan efforts

By Yonhap
  • Published : Oct 13, 2017 - 11:35
  • Updated : Oct 13, 2017 - 11:35
President Moon Jae-in was set to meet with top decision-makers of the ruling Democratic Party Friday for discussions on ways to enhance cooperation between the government and the ruling party, as well as between ruling and opposition parties, an official said.

The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae and will involve 20 lawmakers and party officials, including the heads of the party's 14 provincial and district headquarters, according to the Cheong Wa Dae official.

"National Security Office chief Chung Eui-yong will give a brief presentation on the current security conditions, but the meeting will largely focus on ways to ensure co-governance," the official told reporters, while speaking on condition of anonymity.

President Moon Jae-in (c) poses for a picture with ruling and opposition party lawmakers ahead of their meeting at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on Oct. 11, 2017. They are (from L) Rep. Kim Doo-gwan of the ruling Democratic Party, Rep. Chung Dong-young of the People`s Party, Moon, Rep. Choung Byoung-gug of the Bareun Party and Rep. Lee Seok-hyun of the ruling Party. (Yonhap)

The president has proposed forming a permanent consultative body between the ruling and opposition parties and the government to at least allow bipartisan measures against North Korean provocations.

The Cheong Wa Dae official noted the president was expected to ask the ruling party lawmakers to help improve ties with opposition politicians.

Currently, the ruling party controls 121 seats at the National Assembly, far short of a majority in the 300-seat house.

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party has 107 parliamentary seats but has refused to join the proposed consultation body.

Three minor opposition parties -- the People's Party, the Bareun Party and the Justice Party -- have agreed to take part in the new institution, if formed. Together they hold 66 parliamentary seats. (Yonhap)