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Embattled chief of NPAD mulls leaving party

Rep. Park Young-sun, the interim leader of South Korea’s main opposition party, may leave the party, sources said Monday, as inner conflict threatened to paralyze the party’s decision-making in the ...

Updated : 2014.09.15 21:09

NEC eyes curbs on lawmakers’ book launches

South Korea’s electoral watchdog said on Monday it was considering limiting the amount of funds lawmakers receive at book launches ― social gatherings often used as means of exchanging large amounts of money for political favors.The National Election Commission’s move comes amid increas...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:59

Park to revitalize ecosystem of creative economy

President Park Geun-hye vowed Monday to revitalize the ecosystem of the creative economy in South Korea through innovation centers.Park's creative economy -- a key policy objective of Park -- calls for boosting the economy by turning creative ideas into real businesses through science and ...

Updated : 2014.09.15 15:41

NPAD likely to pick moderate leader

An opposition politician not aligned with any faction appears likely to become the next interim chief of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy, experts and reports predicted on Sunday, as the main o...

Updated : 2014.09.14 20:41

[Weekender] Incheon mayor dreams big

Incheon Mayor Yoo Jeong-bok hopes to catapult the western port city onto the world map in the coming years. Although he is widely considered a close associate of the president ― a factor that carries...

Updated : 2014.09.12 21:45

Infighting grips NPAD again

The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy once again became engulfed in infighting in seeking to appoint two cochairmen to lead its emergency committee.Of the two candidates, conservative academic Lee Sang-don has issued a conditional acceptance while Seoul National Universit...

Updated : 2014.09.12 21:35

Seoul’s district councils pressured to disclose spending records

Local news reports on Thursday heaped criticism on Seoul’s district councils for being slow to disclose parts of their spending records, upping the political ante against officials apparently using public funds in a nontransparent manner.Of the 25 district legislatures in Seoul, only the ...

Updated : 2014.09.11 21:10

NPAD seeks new interim chief

The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy will find a new interim leader from outside the party in the wake of the ongoing parliamentary deadlock over the special Sewol bill.At a press conference on the party’s policies on “livelihood bills,” current emergency committee ch...

Updated : 2014.09.11 21:10

Rival parties to meet on ferry bill

The floor leaders of the rival political parties plan to meet Thursday in their latest attempt to work out differences over a bill meant to uncover the truth behind April's ferry disaster, officials said.Lee One-koo, floor leader of the ruling Saenuri Party, was to meet with his opposition...

Updated : 2014.09.11 14:42

Parties confront growing discontent over Sewol row

The two main political parties’ prolonged standoff over the special Sewol bill is inciting widespread criticism of the parliament, lawmakers say. The aim of the Sewol bill is to uncover issues surrou...

Updated : 2014.09.10 21:19

Ruling party vows to regulate politicians’ publishing events

The ruling Saenuri Party vowed on Wednesday to amend lobby laws as part of efforts to rein in lawmakers holding book publishing events ― which have been known as thinly veiled forms of political contribution.In principle, lawmakers hold the publishing events to sell and advertise books th...

Updated : 2014.09.10 21:07

Threatening parcel sent to defense minister

A parcel containing a knife, suspicious powder and a threatening letter has been sent to South Korea’s defense chief, prompting authorities to launch a probe, the ministry said Friday.The package addressed to Defense Minister Han Min-koo contained a 32.8-centimeter kitchen knife and some ...

Updated : 2014.09.05 20:25

Korea quarantines Nigerian national with high fever

South Korean health authorities said Friday they have quarantined a Nigerian national with high fever as a precautionary move as they check to see whether the person has been infected with the Ebola virus.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they are conducting detaile...

Updated : 2014.09.05 20:24

Parties turn on charm for Chuseok

Leaders of rival parties made separate visits to welfare centers, train stations and fire stations on the eve of the Chuseok Thanksgiving holiday, as part of efforts to win back public trust that seems to have been lost due to the protracted political standoff over the special Sewol bill. ...

Updated : 2014.09.05 20:24

Assembly veto of arrest motion sparks backlash

The parliamentary veto of an arrest motion for a ruling party lawmaker accused of graft triggered waves of fiery criticism Thursday.The Constitution gives lawmakers immunity from arrest while the National Assembly is in session, unless a parliamentary majority accepts a warrant from the Ju...

Updated : 2014.09.04 20:48