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Acting president urges consistency in gov't policy, efforts

All News 11:51 April 14, 2017

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn urged government offices Friday to continue their policy efforts without any disruption or a pause in anticipation of a change in government following the upcoming presidential election.

"We must continue moving forward our structural reform, such as labor reform, without any interruptions while working to revitalize the economy by expanding consumption and exports through bold and active deregulation," Hwang was quoted as saying in a Seoul meeting of a government evaluation committee.

The acting leader argued key government policies that are essential to the happiness of the people will continue to be pursued regardless of a government change, according to his office.

For instance, he was quoted as saying, "National security that is directly linked to the lives of our people and the existence of the country must be defended without any disruption."

The prime minister has been serving as an acting head of state after former President Park Geun-hye was ousted on March 10 in a Constitutional Court ruling that upheld her parliamentary impeachment over a string of corruption allegations.

Hwang's term is expected to end immediately following the May 9 presidential election, which is seen to be greatly tilted in favor of liberal presidential candidates as it follows the massive corruption scandal involving the former president and her conservative party.

The next president's single five-year term will begin the very next day of the election.

"Each ministry must do their utmost to perfect their policies and also be fully prepared for a sound transfer so their policy objectives can be continued to be implemented under the next administration," Hwang said at the meeting, according to his office.

Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn speaks at a meeting of a government evaluation committee in Seoul on April 14, 2017. (Yonhap)


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