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[Editorial] Delayed sessionBy Paul Kerry
Published : Feb. 6, 2011 - 18:27
On Jan. 31, lawmakers affiliated with the Democratic Party met to address the issue of opening an extraordinary session only to postpone making a final decision.
The Democratic Party had been boycotting an extraordinary session, demanding an apology from President Lee Myung-bak and the resignation of the National Assembly speaker. It dragged its feet before agreeing to join an extraordinary session Sunday and negotiate the agenda with the ruling Grand National Party immediately.
Announcing the decision, the Assembly speaker and the floor leader of the GNP hinted that they may apologize over the handling of the budget.
There are urgent bills to act on and pressing issues the National Assembly is required to address. They include the spread of foot-and-mouth disease crippling the livestock industry, home rental costs soaring in urban areas and inter-Korean talks starting in the wake of North Korea’s unprovoked shelling of a South Korean island in November.
The parties must make up for lost time as they debate the urgent bills. The issues of great concern cannot be delayed.
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