**President Yoon Seok-yeol Returns and Assumes Duties as Urgent Matters Await Resolution**
*By Park Gwang-ryeol, Reporter*
President Yoon Seok-yeol, who returned to Korea yesterday, wasted no time in addressing a number of pressing issues. Among these are the opposition’s motion to dismiss Prime Minister Han Deok-soo and the impending Chuseok holiday.
With the resignation of the floor leadership of the Democratic Party, the National Assembly faced an inevitable power vacuum. As a result, President Yoon’s immediate attention is required to fill this void.
President Yoon Seok-yeol wasted no time in getting up to speed on current affairs beginning today, indicating his seriousness towards resolving these pressing matters.
President Yoon’s return follows his 4-night, 6-day visit to the United States, during which he held bilateral meetings with over 40 countries. Upon his arrival, he attended the opening ceremony of the 2023 Great Baekje Exhibition, utilizing a helicopter to appease the locals.
Starting today, various pending issues related to the National Assembly will be addressed. A response plan is expected to be discussed concerning the motion to dismiss Prime Minister Han Deok-soo. However, the motion to dismiss is seen by many as a political maneuver to cover up the controversy surrounding the arrest of Lee Jae-myung, the leader of the Democratic Party of Korea. Consequently, there is strong speculation that President Yoon is unlikely to accept the motion.
Furthermore, with the passing of the motion to arrest Representative Lee, the urgency to resolve the current political situation is heightened. Amidst all this, President Yoon will also tackle the matter of skyrocketing prices during the upcoming Chuseok holiday.
Despite his busy schedule overseas, President Yoon is expected to address the public early this week regarding the results of his visit. We will eagerly await any messages related to current affairs that may be conveyed.
Turning our attention to the National Assembly, much focus is directed towards the forthcoming substantial review of the arrest warrant for CEO Lee Jae-myung, which is only two days away.
Yesterday, Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myeong ended his 24-day fast upon medical advice. Whether he will attend the arrest warrant review scheduled for the 26th—the day after tomorrow—is still uncertain. However, there is speculation that he will not delay attending.
The outcome of the arrest warrant, whether granted or denied, is closely monitored by both opposition parties. As the general election approaches, these political calculations become more intricate.
Nevertheless, the situation within the National Assembly remains uncertain. The resignation of the Democratic Party’s floor leadership, in light of the passing of the arrest bill, has prompted the party to accept candidate registrations for a new floor leader until today. The election for a new floor leader is slated to take place the day after tomorrow. However, given the time required to form the lower leadership, immediate talks between opposition parties are unlikely.
Adding to the uncertainties, the fact that the three candidates who have declared their intention to run for floor leader are considered favorable towards Lee Jae-myung adds a variable in this situation.
The timing of the plenary meeting to decide on the appointment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lee Kyun-yong has also become unclear. With the term of Supreme Court Chief Justice Kim Myung-soo ending today, a leadership vacuum within the judiciary is unavoidable. Moreover, significant public welfare bills such as the “Mugshot Act,” which discloses the identities of those suspected of serious crimes, and the birth protection system, which allows anonymous births in hospitals to prevent child abandonment, have been postponed.
The ruling party intends to discuss the schedule of the plenary meeting at the beginning of October. However, they request cooperation from the opposition party, acknowledging that finding common ground will not be easy amidst ongoing political contention.
This is Park Gwang-ryeol reporting from the National Assembly.
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President Yoon Seok-yeol, who returned to Korea yesterday (23rd), immediately began to take care of a number of pending issues, including the opposition’s motion to dismiss Prime Minister Han Deok-soo and Chuseok.
As the National Assembly almost came to an end due to the resignation of the floor leadership of the Democratic Party, a vacuum at the head of the judiciary became inevitable.
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President Yoon Seok-yeol began to seriously care about current affairs starting today, right?
Yes, President Yoon Seok-yeol returned home last night after completing his 4-night, 6-day visit to New York, USA.
As soon as they arrived, they took care of the feeling of the local public by attending the opening ceremony of the 2023 Great Baekje Exhibition by helicopter.
It is known that, starting today, various pending matters relating to the position of the National Assembly will be reported.
Firstly, it is expected that a response plan will be discussed in relation to the progress of the National Assembly’s motion to dismiss Prime Minister Han Deok-soo.
However, as the opposition’s motion to dismiss is seen as a political insult to cover up the issue of consenting to the arrest of Lee Jae-myung, the leader of the Democratic Party of Korea, there is strong speculation that President Yoon is unlikely to accept the motion to dismiss.
With the motion to arrest Representative Lee passed, the task of resolving the mixed political situation is also urgent.
As the holiday season approaches, it seems that Chuseok prices will also be taken care of.
Previously, President Yoon had a busy schedule, including holding bilateral meetings with over 40 countries in the United States.
It is expected that there will be an opportunity to explain the results of the visit to the public early this week, and attention will be paid to see if there will be a message related to current affairs.
We also look at the situation in the National Assembly.
With CEO Lee Jae-myung breaking his fast yesterday, attention is focused on the substantial review of the arrest warrant, which is two days away, right?
Yesterday, Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myeong suspended his 24-day fast following medical advice that he could no longer do so.
We will have to see the recovery situation, but there is more speculation that he will attend the arrest warrant review scheduled for the day after tomorrow, the 26th, without delay.
Whether an arrest warrant is issued or denied, both the opposition parties appear to be paying close attention to the outcome as the calculations become more complicated ahead of the general election.
However, the situation in the National Assembly is still ‘in a fog’.
With the floor leadership of the Democratic Party resigning after taking responsibility for passing the arrest bill, the Democratic Party is accepting the registration of candidates for a new floor leader until today.
A new floor leader will be elected the day after tomorrow, but given the time it will take to form the lower leadership, it is difficult to expect immediate talks between the opposition parties.
Another variable is the fact that the three candidates who have announced their intention to run so far are considered in favor of Lee Jae-myung.
Meanwhile, the timing of the plenary meeting to vote on the appointment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lee Kyun-yong has also become unclear.
As Supreme Court Chief Justice Kim Myung-soo’s term ends today, a vacuum at the top of the judiciary is inevitable.
In addition, the processing of major public welfare bills, such as the so-called ‘Mugshot Act’, which reveals who is suspected of serious crimes, and the birth protection system, which allows anonymous births in hospitals to prevent leaving babies, has also been pushed back.
The ruling party will not rule out the possibility of discussing the schedule of the plenary meeting at the beginning of October, but asked for cooperation, saying that this will not be easy even if the opposition party continues with political contention.
This is Parc Gwang-ryeol YTN in the National Assembly so far.
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