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Newly-launched National Assembly Has Highest Number of Female Lawmakers

Newly-launched National Assembly Has Highest Number of Female Lawmakers

SEOUL, May 31 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s National Assembly has begun its four-year term with the highest number of female lawmakers, including the country’s first-ever female vice speaker of the unicameral legislature. Among the 300 representatives, who started their four-year term Saturday, 57 members, or 19 percent, are women, marking the largest number in [...]

Parliament Moves to Allow Blind Lawmaker-elect’s Guide Dog into Main Chamber

Parliament Moves to Allow Blind Lawmaker-elect’s Guide Dog into Main Chamber

SEOUL, April 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Assembly reached an internal decision Monday to allow the guide dog of a newly elected lawmaker with a visual disability to enter the main chamber, parliamentary officials said. Kim Ye-ji of the minor opposition Future Korea Party won a proportional representation seat in last week’s parliamentary elections. [...]

New Parliament Faces Pressure to Revise Defective Election Law

New Parliament Faces Pressure to Revise Defective Election Law

SEOUL, April 18 (Korea Bizwire) — As a new proportional representation system, introduced for Wednesday’s parliamentary elections, failed to fulfill its purpose, newly-elected lawmakers are now expected to address the problem during their four-year term that begins in early June. The mixed-member proportional representation system was introduced under an electoral reform bill that passed the [...]

Coronavirus Disrupts S. Korean Parliament, Judiciary, Gov’t Operations

Coronavirus Disrupts S. Korean Parliament, Judiciary, Gov’t Operations

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s legislative, judiciary, and administrative branches on Monday scrambled to ward off the spread of new coronavirus which forced state institutions to suspend and cut back their operations and events. The National Assembly called off its plenary session and temporarily closed its main buildings, possibly for the first [...]

Parliament Passes Bill on Designating Fine Dust as Social Disaster

Parliament Passes Bill on Designating Fine Dust as Social Disaster

SEOUL, Mar. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s parliament passed eight bills intended to better fight fine dust Wednesday as the country is struggling with its worst-ever particle air pollution. The legislation includes a revision to the disaster and safety management law to include high density of particulate matter as a “social disaster.” Such a [...]

National Assembly Adopts Resolution Denouncing N.K. Missile Launch

National Assembly Adopts Resolution Denouncing N.K. Missile Launch

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Korea Bizwire) – The National Assembly endorsed a resolution censuring North Korea’s recent rocket launch on Wednesday, demanding additional retaliation measures from the Seoul government. The resolution, which was put to a vote during an extra session, was passed 243-0, with five abstentions, three days after the North fired off a long-range [...]