The two main political parties on Thursday agreed to open the extraordinary session of the National Assembly next Monday, after they resolved differences on a labor dispute at Ssangyong Motor Co.
The agreement came after a meeting between the floor leaders of the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition Democratic United Party.
The DUP has backed down from its demand for a parliamentary investigation into the carmaker. As an alternative, the DUP suggested a multi-party negotiation group including representatives of labor unions.
With the two sides locking horns over who will be allowed to take part in the group, the talks over the extraordinary session’s schedule fell apart, leading Saenuri Party floor leader Rep. Lee Han-koo and the DUP’s Rep. Park Ki-choon to hold a last-minute meeting.
As an alternative, the two parties will form a negotiation group consisting of three lawmakers from each side. The group will begin operations as soon as possible and continue working until the end of May.
The minor Unified Progressive Party, however, attacked the two main political parties, saying that a parliamentary investigation was the only answer for problems surrounding Ssangyong Motor.
Aside from the Ssangyong Motor negotiation group, it was agreed that the extraordinary session would take place from Feb. 4 to March 5, and there would be a government questioning session on Feb. 14.
The two parties also agreed to process the government reorganization and related issues on Feb. 14 if possible, and to approve the prime ministerial candidate on Feb. 26 if no problems arise in the confirmation hearing.
The parties will also discuss the timetable for the parliamentary audit, which will take place during the regular session on Feb. 4.
The ruling and main opposition also agreed on the immediate resumption of the special committee on the illegal surveillance conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office. The committee will also be required to draw up plans for a parliamentary investigation on the issue during the upcoming extraordinary session.
By Choi He-suk (firstname.lastname@example.org