Grand National Party (GNP) Lawmaker Jeong Eui-hwa, vice speaker of the National Assembly, stands surrounded by GNP lawmakers and Assembly guards just before banging a gavel to declare the passage of the 2011 budget. (Photo by Tak Ki-hyoung)
GNP railroads bills for budget, troop deployment and corporatizing universities : Observers say the GNP acted according to the wishes of President Lee
By Song Ho-jin
Dec. 9, 2010
The ruling Grand National Party convened a plenary session of the National Assembly to railroad through the 309.1 trillion Won ($271 billion) budget for 2010 on Wednesday, with opposition party members forcibly removed from their position around the speaker’s seat by the ruling party. Following an intense brawl with opposition party officials and aides blocking the entry to the parliamentary hall that afternoon, the Grand National Party (GNP) broke through and railroaded the budget.
The party also railroaded other controversial legislation after requesting that Speaker Park Hee-tae exercise his authority to present it before the assembly. This included a motion to deploy soldiers to the United Arab Emirates, an agreement connected to South Korea securing a nuclear power plant contract; a special law on the use of hydrophilic zones, which has been criticized as offering preferential treatment to the Korea Water Resources Corporation as a reward for taking on construction for the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project; and a law on the establishment and operation of Seoul National University, the “SNU corporatization law” that critics worry will compromise the public nature of a national university.
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Posted on : 2010-12-09