South Korea President Park Geun Hye called on the opposition to approve a government restructuring bill as deadlock over the creation of a science ministry and hearings on minister nominees hobbled her policy plans.
“This is an unprecedented constitutional crisis,” Park said today in a nationally televised speech a week after becoming the country’s first female president. “I ask for positive cooperation as fellow Koreans are eager to see some hope from the political process in spurring the economy.”
The legislation would reorganize some government agencies and create a science ministry responsible for regulating information technology and communications. It is opposed by lawmakers in the Democratic United Party on concerns over government influence on the media.
Her push came after Jeong Kim today withdrew his nomination as head of the proposed ministry, citing political gridlock. The National Assembly hasn’t set dates for confirming some Cabinet appointments, risking policy delays as Park tackles a slowing economy and a North Korea emboldened by last month’s nuclear weapons test.
To contact the reporter on this story: Cynthia Kim in Seoul at email@example.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Panckhurst at firstname.lastname@example.org