South Korean president vows constitutional revision for federal government system
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South Korean president vows constitutional revision for federal government system

President Moon Jae-in has reaffirmed his campaign
pledge of power decentralization. During a visit to Yeoso, about 450 kilometers
south of Seoul, the president vowed to push for a constitutional revision to empower regional
governments. Our chief Blue House correspondent Moon Connyoung
has more. Distributing more power away from the central
government to the local level… was one of the new South Korean president’s campaign
pledges… and he doubled down on that vow Thursday at a ceremony marking the day dedicated
to the nation’s efforts to strengthen local autonomy. In order to do so, the South Korean leader
laid out three proposals. First, he said… the new government will
push for a constitutional amendment to truly decentralize power to the local level. To that end, the Moon administration will
institutionalize a “secondary Cabinet” to meet periodically with local government leaders
and make constitutional amendments to give local governments the power to legislate new
laws, come up with their own welfare programs and finance strategies. The amendment will also officialize the term
“local government” rather than local autonomous bodies. Second, he will step up efforts to expand
local autonomy… by driving forward fiscal decentralization giving local governments
more financial autonomy. The South Korean president said the government
is working to devise the tax distribution ratio between central and local governments
from the current 8 to 2 to 7 to 3 and ultimately 6 to 4 . In addition, the new administration will roll
up its sleeves to give extra boost to innovative city projects in different regions to ensure
balanced development across the entire country. South Korea’s development plan has long focused
on the capital city of Seoul and the surrounding area… resulting in huge disparity between
urban and rural areas… creating a national divide between those living in the capital
area and residents of other regions. Speaking to 17 mayors and governors of the
nation ahead of the ceremony, the president urged support and cooperation in realizing
his grand plan… which will essentially set up a virtual federal government system. Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, the Blue House.

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