S Korea: End to political deadlock urged

2013-03-07 11:05
South Korea's president, Park Geun-Hye. (File, AP)

South Korea's president, Park Geun-Hye. (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Seoul - South Korea's new president, Park Geun-Hye, urged opposition politicians on Thursday to behave responsibly and resolve a parliamentary deadlock that has paralysed her incoming administration.

Ten days after she was sworn in as the country's first woman president, Park is without a fully functioning cabinet at a time of escalating nuclear tensions with North Korea.

"The new government was launched amid difficult circumstances, but regretfully it hasn't even been able to start working properly," Park acknowledged in an address to church leaders.

"I would be grateful if our politicians could trust the president and give me a chance to serve the nation," she said.

The focus of the current impasse is a parliamentary bill to adopt Park's proposals for a governmental reorganisation that would create new ministries and offices and reallocate responsibilities.

The opposition has refused to sanction part of the bill that would transfer broadcast policy-setting rights from an independent state watchdog to a newly created science and technology "super-ministry".

Damaging false start


The resulting deadlock has delayed confirmation hearings for some of Park's key cabinet nominees - one of whom has already withdrawn out of frustration.

It has been a damaging false start to Park's five-year term, as the country faces economic challenges at home and the problem of dealing with North Korea following Pyongyang's nuclear test last month.

"Our country is faced with an internal and external environment that is more difficult than ever," Park told the church leaders.

"I think our political leaders should all once again reflect on their proper duties," she added.

The parliamentary leader of the main opposition Democratic United Party, Park Ki-Choon, responded by chiding Park for highlighting national security concerns in an attempt to push her bill through the house.

"We suspect Park is using security for political purposes," he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.