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Moon seeks legislative support for his agenda

Aug 14,2018
President Moon Jae-in has offered to meet with floor leaders of the five largest political parties this week, the Blue House said on Monday.

The meeting, to be held on Thursday over lunch, comes amid Moon’s call for multipartisan efforts to improve people’s economic situations and revitalize the local economy.

The meeting may involve the floor leaders of the ruling Democratic Party, main opposition Liberty Korea Party and three minor parties - the Bareunmirae Party, Party for Democracy and Peace and Justice Party - according to Han Byung-do, the president’s senior secretary for political affairs.

While stressing the need for what he calls “joint governance,” the president is also expected to offer at least a couple of ministerial posts to lawmakers from left-leaning minor opposition parties.

The president may reshuffle the cabinet soon as Blue House officials said he would do so after his return from summer vacation, which ended on Aug. 3.

“The upcoming meeting is aimed at strengthening joint governance with the National Assembly that the president has continuously stressed,” Han said in a news briefing.

“They will likely discuss ways to cooperate on pending issues and legislation related to people’s livelihoods ahead of the extraordinary parliamentary session in August and the regular session in September.”

“They are also expected to discuss bipartisan efforts to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula,” he added.

Thursday’s meeting, if held, will mark the second of its kind since Moon took office in May 2017.

The president has also held separate meetings with heads of the five major political parties.

Yonhap