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Ruling party to seek constitutional revision before election

All Headlines 14:15 February 01, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party on Wednesday decided to push to revise the Constitution before the presidential election.

During a general meeting of its lawmakers, the conservative party decided to seek a shift to a new government system in which the president handles diplomacy and security while a prime minister named by parliament is responsible for domestic affairs.

It marks the first time that a party has adopted a pre-election constitutional amendment as an official line.

President Park Geun-hye was impeached by parliament in December over a corruption scandal. If the Constitutional Court upholds the decision, South Korea will have to pick a new leader within two months.

The scandal has revived the debate on redressing the Constitution, which has long been criticized for granting excessive powers to the president.

Moon Jae-in, a leading potential candidate from the main opposition Democratic Party, has claimed the revision should be made after the election.

colin@yna.co.kr
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