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Acting president to hold dinner gathering with Saenuri leadership

All News 10:17 January 16, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Yonhap) -- Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will hold a dinner meeting with the leaders of the ruling Saenuri Party on Monday to discuss joint efforts to tackle an array of economic and diplomatic issues facing the country, his office said.

"The meeting was arranged in line with (Hwang's efforts) to expand communication with parliament," Hwang's aide told reporters, declining to be named. "The acting president is expected to call on Saenuri leaders to help pass bills aimed at enhancing people's livelihoods, and to work hard together for citizens."

The meeting will be held at Hwang's official residence in Samcheong-dong, central Seoul.

It will be attended by Saenuri interim leader In Myung-jin, floor leader Chung Woo-taik, secretary-general Bak Maeng-woo, policy chief Lee Hyun-jae and other top party officials.

The participants from the government side include Government Policy Coordination Office chief Lee Suk-joon, Hur Won-je, senior presidential secretary for political affairs, and Shim Oh-Taeg, Hwang's chief of staff.

The event will mark Hwang's first meeting with the entire Saenuri leadership since he took over as acting president on Dec. 9 after President Park Geun-hye was impeached by parliament over a corruption scandal.


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