Confirmation Vote Set for Wednesday

    August 27, 2002 18:31

    The National Assembly will vote on the confirmation of prime minister-designate Chang Dae-whan, Wednesday following two days of hearings. During the second day of the hearing more financial suspicions were raised including the writing of a promissory note for interest payments on a W2.39 billion loan from the Maeil Business Daily, nearly a year after the money was taken.

    The GNP's Ahn Kyung-ryul claimed that Chang and his wife amassed W2.75 billion in assets from 1987 to 2000, but there total actual estimated income was W1.35 billion, leaving W1.4 billion unaccounted for.

    The Grand National Party is going to let its assemblymen vote according to their constituents' wishes, as will the United Liberal Democrats, while the Millennium Democratic Party is ordering its members to toe the party line.

    Spokesman Nam Kyun-pil said the results of a telephone poll conducted by the party Monday showed 75% of those contacted said there were ethical questions concerning Chang, whereas 13.4% said these were no problem. He added 52.2% said he was not qualified to be prime minister.

    He said 45.2% of people polled said Chang should not be confirmed against 34.5% who were in favor of him, compared to 44.7% and 37.8%, respectively for the rejected prime minister designate, Chang Sang.

    Experts say it is more likely the MDP will be more united, feeling a sense of crisis and will only need 20 votes from the GNP and ULD to get confirmation.
    (Kim Chang-kyun,
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