DPK chief Lee re­fuses to join Speaker’s meet­ing

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Park Ji-won jw­[email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

Rul­ing Demo­cratic Party of Ko­rea (DPK) Chair­man Rep. Lee Haechan, re­fused to par­tic­i­pate in a reg­u­lar meet­ing with chair­per­sons of the other po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the Na­tional Assem­bly speaker, blam­ing the po­lit­i­cal wran­gling over em­bat­tled Jus­tice Min­is­ter Cho Kuk.

Speaker Moon Hee-sang sug­gested the meet­ing of se­nior party of­fi­cials amid a po­lit­i­cal feud be­tween the coun­try’s main po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

“Lee de­cided not to par­tic­i­pate in the meet­ing due to the peo­ple’s sen­si­tiv­ity to issues such as the dam­age from Typhoon Mitag, African swine fever and Ja­pan’s trade re­stric­tions as well as the fact that the meet­ing is be­ing used for po­lit­i­cal wran­gling, not for the peo­ple’s liveli­hoods,” the DPK said in a mes­sage to re­porters.

It is rare for a rul­ing party chair­man to skip the monthly meet­ing, orig­i­nally set up by Speaker Moon last Oc­to­ber.

Yon­hap

Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Moon Hee-sang, center, shakes hands with Rep. Sim Sang-je­ung of the Jus­tice Party, left, Hwang Kyo-ahn of the main op­po­si­tion Lib­erty Ko­rea Party, sec­ond from left, Sohn Hak-kyu of the mi­nor op­po­si­tion Bare­un­mi­rae Party, fourth from left, and Rep. Chung Dong-young of the Party for Democ­racy and Peace at the Na­tional Assem­bly, Mon­day.

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