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‘Constitutional reform is the only way to normalization,’ says Ihn Myung-jin

‘Constitutional reform is the only way to normalization,’ says Ihn Myung-jin

Posted January. 14, 2017 07:12,   

Updated January. 14, 2017 07:29

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In Myung-jin, the Saenuri Party's interim leader, strongly called for a constitutional amendment before the Presidential election to normalize the mired politics on Friday.” Ihn said that the empirical presidential system turned the National Assembly into a rubber stamp, and the power heavily concentrated to president distorted the democratic system by empowering the non-elected influential civilians. The Saenuri Party also launched its special committee on constitutional reform led by Rep. Lee Cheol-woo.

Experts view the ruling party’s decision to prioritize and push ahead the reform before the national election was a preparation for forming a “reform alliance” led by former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who arrived in Korea on Thursday. On Ban’s statement of “eradicating supremacy and vested interests,” Ihn also said, “I also share the same opinion with Ban who fully understands today’s politics. We are proud to have an ally like Ban.” A core member of the ruling party also reaffirmed the party’s will to build stronger ties with Ban by sharing their common interests in “constitutional amendment” and “reshuffling,” saying that “at the core of the ‘political reform’ which Ban stressed lies constitutional reform, which we at the Saenuri Party also have in common.”

After appointing ethical committee members, Ihn said, “The ethical committee shall secure higher independency.” Saenuri leadership is also all out on recruiting head of organizing committees at 60 districts where their members left the party. As the presidential election day is nearing closer, the Saenuri Party is also speeding up for reshuffling.



Jin-Woo Shin niceshin@donga.com