S. Korean president will table constitutional amendment motion if parliament fails to
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S. Korean president will table constitutional amendment motion if parliament fails to


President Moon reaffirmed his resolve to hold
a national referendum on constitutional amendment concurrently with the June local elections. The liberal leader will submit a proposal
of his own if the legislature fails to draw up a bill. Moon Connyoung has the latest from the nation’s
top office. It’s essentially President Moon Jae-in’s ultimatum
to parliament. Come up with your proposal for a constitutional
amendment or the South Korean president will exercise his right to table a motion himself. President Moon Jae-in was briefed on the outline
of the first constitutional amendment in more than three decades by a special advisory committee
which had been tasked with coming up with a draft copy nearly two months ago after President
Moon decided he needed a plan B in case the legislature failed to reach a consensus and
craft a constitutional amendment bill in time. The South Korean president took the opportunity
to reiterate his resolve to hold a national referendum on constitutional revision concurrently
with local elections scheduled for June. “Allow me to stress once again. Holding a national referendum on constitutional
revision concurrently with the June local elections is a rare chance that may never
come around again. It was a promise made to the people and it’s
also a way to save taxpayers’ money.” President Moon also noted it was a campaign
pledge shared by all presidential candidates from all political parties in the elections
last May. “As president, I will make good on my promise
to the people. I will finalize the president’s constitutional
amendment bill at an early date, negotiate with the National Assembly, and urge the National
Assembly to table the motion.” The keystone of the constitutional reform
is to revise the single-term presidential system and voting procedure… as written
in the 1987 Constitution… to a four-year, two-term presidency… as well as increased
autonomy for local governments… among others. Still, President Moon said he is willing to
withdraw his proposal should the lawmakers draw up its own in time… encouraging the
parliament that they’ve still got time; that as long as they have the willingness to do
so, they would surely be able to find common ground on at least certain issues. “But, if they fail to seize this final opportunity,
the president will inevitably have to exercise the right to initiate constitutional amendments
vested by the Constitution.” “The presidential Blue House says it will
build on the draft presented by the advisory committee and craft a final proposal to be
submitted by next Wednesday… as that will guarantee parliament the required 60-day deliberation
period. Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, the Blue House.”

One Comment

  • larry099

    In the event of reunification, how do you amend the constitution to accommodate a Stalinist Regime that demands unqualified control and obedience?

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