DPK chief Lee refuses to join Speaker’s meeting
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.
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.