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Parliamentary speaker visits Nat'l Cemetary with party leaders

All News 09:47 June 14, 2016

SEOUL, June 14 (Yonhap) -- National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun and officials from both ruling and opposition parties visited Seoul National Cemetery to mark the formation of the new parliament.

The visit came as the National Assembly completed the lineup of parliamentary committee chiefs on Monday after days of intraparty wrangling.

During the visit, Chung said he will make efforts to make a "parliament that lends assistance to the people."

Both the ruling and opposition parties also vowed to work together on the passage of key bills that directly impact everyday lives and promote economic growth.

Chung, originally from the Minjoo Party of Korea, was picked as the speaker last week after the ruling Saenuri Party gave away the position in return for the chairmanships of key committees.

Saenuri secured the chair of the house steering committee, which was sought by Minjoo. The ruling party also took the seat of the critical legislation and judiciary, finance, national policy, administration, science, intelligence and defense committees.

The main opposition, in turn, took the chairmanship of budget and accounts, labor, foreign affairs, welfare, transport, agriculture, gender equality and ethics committees. The People's Party took the chair of the education and trade committees.


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