Dominant Ruling Party Neuters Parliament

  • By Sun Jung-min

    July 30, 2020 10:38

    The ruling Minjoo Party on Wednesday railroaded through a package of tenants-rights bills and authorized the establishment of a special team to investigate corruption by senior government officials.

    Without full discussions of newly tabled bills which could significantly affect many people, the bills were hastily ratified in committee to bypass opposition from the United Future Party, which says the special prosecution team will pull the teeth of any serious corruption charges.

    Kim Tae-nyeon, the ruling Minjoo Party's floor leader (center), bangs the gavel in a plenary session at the National Assembly in Seoul on Wednesday. /Yonhap

    The Minjoo Party controls 176 out of 300 seats in the National Assembly and also dominates all 18 parliamentary committees.

    This has raised concerns about the legislative's ability to keep the executive in check as its power to make independent laws and conduct audits and confirmation hearings has effectively been neutralized.

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