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Nat'l Assembly convenes plenary session to vote on motion to confirm new PM, prosecutorial reform bills
Updated: 2020-01-13 16:21:59 KST
Half an hour ago, the National Assembly has kicked off another plenary session to vote on long-pending bills on the nation's prosecution as well as a motion to confirm the appointment of a new prime minister.
For more on the details we connect to our political correspondent Kim Mok-yeon who is on the line for us.
Mok-yeon, how are things going?

Well Daeun/Aram, like you said just minutes ago, the National Assembly convened a plenary session to vote on a bunch of contentious bills.
On top of the agenda was the vote on a motion to confirm the appointment of prime minister nominee Chung Sye-kyun.
Last week after his confirmation hearing, lawmakers chose not to adopt a report on it a step normally taken to indicate approval due to a strong backlash from the main opposition, who pointed to his alleged involvement in a shady land development project in Hwaseong.
Regardless of that, the ruling Democratic Party pushed through with the vote with the help of other minor opposition parties and passed it.

Also on the table were two bills to reform the prosecution that were put on fast-track last April.
One of the two bills, the Criminal Procedure Act, seeks to redistribute investigative rights between the prosecution and the police.
It's expected to be passed in the next few minutes, since it was already submitted to the session last Thursday.
The bill would grant the police the right to hold initial investigations and close a probe without prosecutors' approval.
It would also give the prosecution the exclusive right to file indictments and request additional investigations by the police.

Now Mok-yeon, what other bills could be voted on during today's session?

Well, there's the other bill on prosecutorial reform, named the revised Prosecutors' Office Act.
It calls for the prosecution to provide a specific criteria for cases they can investigate, and to receive supervision on the investigation from a qualified municipal police officer.
Also, the so-called three kindergarten-related bills have been brought up.
They would require private kindergartens to use Edufine, a state-run accounting system, and they would ban owners from serving as administrative heads.
But with strong opposition from the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, we still have to wait and see whether ithe bills could be put up for a vote today.

That's all for now, I'll be back with more updates.

Reporter : mokyeon90@gmail.com