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Park's chief of staff to visit National Assembly

All News 08:55 June 10, 2016

SEOUL, June 10 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye's chief of staff will visit the National Assembly on Friday to meet new parliamentary leaders as part of efforts to enhance cooperation between the government and legislature, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

It will mark the first time for Presidential Chief of Staff Lee Won-jong to visit parliament since he was appointed to lead the presidential secretariat last month.

Lee is set to meet Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun first and deliver an orchid to him that Park chose to congratulate him on his election on Thursday as parliamentary chief. Lee is to be accompanied by Kim Jae-won, new chief presidential secretary for political affairs.

During their talks, Lee is expected to call for Chung's support in Park's management of state affairs. With the opposition bloc leading the Assembly, Park must secure backing from it to push for her set of initiatives to create jobs and revitalize the economy.

After meeting with Chung, Lee plans to meet Kim Hee-ok, the interim leader of the ruling Saenuri Party, and then Kim Chong-in, the interim leader of the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea, separately.

Park is expected to visit the Assembly on Monday to deliver her speech to mark the opening of a new legislature that began its four-year term on May 30.


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