The ruling and opposition parties hold a plenary session on the 20th to vote on the motion to agree to the appointment of Prime Minister Han Deok-soo. It has been 47 days since President Yoon Seok-yeol nominated a candidate on the 3rd of last month.
The 167-seat opposition Democratic Party of Korea is scheduled to hold a general assembly at 2 pm on the same day just before the plenary session to decide the party’s opinion on the approval of a candidate.
So far, the ‘inappropriate’ opinion is highly likely to be adopted as the party argument. Members of the Democratic Party of Korea’s Special Committee on Personnel Hearing of a Candidate previously ruled that a candidate was ‘incompetent’ due to the controversy over the revolving door personnel and public hospitality.
As President Yoon pushed for the appointment of Minister of Justice Han Dong-hoon on the 17th, the mood of the Democratic Party lawmakers also shifted toward inappropriateness. Park Hong-geun, floor leader, said on the 18th, “I think the opinion of ineligibility is remarkably high right now.”
However, some are concerned about the frame that will hold back the new government ahead of the June 1 local elections. Lee Jae-myung, chairman of the party’s general election countermeasures committee, and Seoul mayor Song Young-gil, publicly requested cooperation in the approval of candidates.
Some observers point out that only when President Yoon Seok-yeol decides to drop the candidate for Minister of Health and Welfare Jeong Ho-young out of the horse will the Democratic Party have a justification for cooperating with the approval of a candidate.