Parliament fails to adopt confirmation hearing report on PM nominee
The National Assembly failed Friday to adopt a report on the results of its confirmation hearing for Prime Minister-nominee Lee Nak-yon amid a dispute over allegations against his family.
During the two-day hearing that ended Thursday, the former lawmaker and provincial governor was grilled over the suspicion that in 1989, his wife, then a high school teacher, used a false home address to get assigned to a better school in Seoul. He acknowledged it.
Earlier in the day, President Moon Jae-in’s chief of staff Im Jong-seok apologized for the dispute and sought parties’ cooperation for his appointment, but to no avail.
Opposition parties have berated Moon for failing to deliver on his campaign pledge to exclude anyone involved in five kinds of irregularities － tax evasion, military service evasion, real estate speculation, plagiarism and false residence registration － from public office.
Lee’s appointment requires consent from a majority of the 299 lawmakers. The ruling party has 120 seats, while the Liberty Korea Party and its splinter Bareun Party control 107 seats and 20 seats, respectively.