The ruling and opposition parties hold a plenary session today to vote on the approval bill for Prime Minister Han Deok-soo. President Yoon Seok-yeol said yesterday to the opposition, “I think it will be handled well according to common sense.” However, Park Hong-geun, floor leader of the Democratic Party of Korea, criticized “The bus of cooperation and trust has already left due to the excessive greed of President Yoon and the people’s power.” The ruling and opposition parties are clashing ahead of the ratification vote.
In the case of political failures surrounding Prime Minister Han’s approval, the passport must first be held responsible. Just one day after President Yoon emphasized parliamentaryism and bipartisan cooperation in his address to the National Assembly on the 17th, he pushed for the appointment of Minister of Justice Han Dong-hoon. It pushed the appointment of a minister without the least effort to listen to the voices of the opposition. In such a situation, how can you believe the sincerity of parliamentaryism and cooperation that President Yoon emphasized?
This move by the passport is a misconception, although it is a mistake to calculate that it will be difficult for the Democrats to refuse to approve the Prime Minister because they are concerned about the frame that will hold them back before the local elections. It is difficult to find a solution unless the opposition is viewed as a partner of cooperation. If the Prime Minister’s approval fails, the confrontation will be prolonged, and the burden will fall on the Yun Seok-yeol administration.
The Democratic Party, which had previously been in power, must also have a grand victory attitude. Even if there is criticism of President Yoon’s forced appointment of a minister, it is not desirable to directly link it to the issue of the Prime Minister’s approval. Relying only on the hardline supporters who ordered an unconditional fight against the Yun government would result in distance from the people. It is the right direction to start a new government and criticize the wrong management of the state. Isn’t this the reason why advisor Lee Jae-myung and some senior officials emphasize the inevitability of the prime minister’s approval?
Cooperation is not achieved through unilateral concessions by either side. The goal is to find a compromise where each other can achieve a ‘win-win’ in cause and practicality. To do this, the rigid attitude of the passport must be changed first. In particular, the nomination for Minister of Health and Welfare Jeong Ho-young, who has been engulfed in numerous allegations such as ‘Dad Chance’, should be withdrawn immediately. In this way, the opposition party will be able to get the minimum justification to ratify the prime minister.