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Pension negotiations make progress

South Korea’s governing Saenuri Party endorsed a plan to vote for a draft bill aimed at reducing government subsidies for pension paid to retired public officials at a general meeting of its lawmakers on Tuesday. The majority ruling party hopes that the bill will be put to a final vote at...

Updated : 2015.05.26 20:56

Park urges smooth confirmation of P.M.

President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday called for parliamentary cooperation for Prime Minister-designate Hwang Kyo-ahn, saying that it is a prerequisite to speed up her reform drive aimed at reviving the ...

Updated : 2015.05.26 20:52

NPAD disciplines senior lawmaker

The main opposition party decided on Tuesday to discipline an outspoken lawmaker for making incendiary remarks that triggered fractional feuds and leadership dysfunction, putting an end to weeks-long debates over the lawmaker’s vulgar comments. The New Politics Alliance for Democracy’s e...

Updated : 2015.05.26 20:51

Park calls for cooperation with China-led AIIB

President Park Geun-hye urged the head of the Asian Development Bank to cooperate with South Korea and the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Park's office said Tuesday.   Park said mutual cooperation is necessary to prepare for what is promised to be a surge in inves...

Updated : 2015.05.26 19:33

Park calls for parliamentary blessing for PM nominee

President Park Geun-hye called Tuesday for parliamentary endorsement of her choice for prime minister as part of her efforts to push her reform agenda through the National Assembly."I ask the parliamentary cooperation to ensure the nominee can push ahead with" political and social reform a...

Updated : 2015.05.26 14:09

Opposition party slams ruling bloc's plan to fast-track approval of new PM

The main opposition party slammed the ruling party's plan for a speedy approval of the prime minister nominee Tuesday, vowing "exhaustive" parliamentary scrutiny of the candidate.The move by New Politics Alliance for Democracy  floor leader Lee Jong-kul came as his ruling Saenuri Party co...

Updated : 2015.05.26 11:23

Park names head of think tank as vice transport minister

President Park Geun-hye appointed the head of a state-run think tank as vice minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, a South Korean official said Tuesday.Kim Kyung-hwan, president of Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, was named to the No. 2 post at the ministry, said p...

Updated : 2015.05.26 10:53

New key man to spur NPAD reform

The main opposition party on Sunday named the chair of a committee that will drive reforms to end factional feuds and rebuild the party ahead of next year’s general election. The New Politics Alliance for Democracy said Sunday that Kim Sang-kon, the former chief of Gyeonggi Provincial Edu...

Updated : 2015.05.25 19:54

Everyone missed the point of Roh Geon-ho’s speech

Roh Geon-ho, the only son of the late former liberal President Roh Moo-hyun, called the conservative Saenuri Party leader Rep. Kim Moo-sung a political opportunist in a sarcastic speech Saturday at a service commemorating his father’s death in 2009.The senior Roh killed himself amid a pol...

Updated : 2015.05.25 19:53

Park renews commitment to economic reform

President Park Geun-hye vowed Monday to revitalize South Korea’s economy and reform the country as she called for national reconciliation.“We face the task of an economic takeoff and an innovation of the country by overcoming difficulties,” Park said in a message marking Buddha’s birth...

Updated : 2015.05.25 19:53

Park renews commitment for economic takeoff and reform

President Park Geun-hye vowed Monday to revitalize South Korea's economy and reform the country as she called for national reconciliation."We face the task of an economic takeoff and an innovation of the country by overcoming difficulties," Park said in a message marking Buddha's birthday....

Updated : 2015.05.25 13:15

NPAD reform panel struggles to set sail

The main opposition party on Friday officially proposed a former top Gyeonggi Province educator to head the new panel tasked to end factional feuds within the party, after failed attempts to initiate the party reform.Kim Sang-kon, former chief of Gyeonggi Provincial Education Office, said ...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:45

Ex-PM expresses regret over his indictment

Former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo expressed regret Friday over the prosecution's decision to indict him on bribery charges.On Thursday, prosecutors said they have decided to indict Lee on charges of taking 30 million won ($27,000) from Sung Wan-jong, the former chairman of a construction f...

Updated : 2015.05.22 13:29

Japan takes S. Korea to WTO over ban on fishery products

South Korea expressed regret on Thursday over Tokyo's move to turn to the World Trade Organization to address Seoul's import ban on Japanese fishery goods.South Korea has banned imports of all fishery products near the site of a nuclear accident in Fukushima since September 2013. The 2011 ...

Updated : 2015.05.21 20:50

Justice chief named new P.M.

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday nominated Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as the new prime minister, calling him “the right man” to achieve political reforms proposed in the wake of a high-profil...

Updated : 2015.05.21 19:22