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Parliament arranges hearings for eight minister nominees

All News 18:10 June 22, 2017

SEOUL, June 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's parliament on Thursday scheduled confirmation hearings for eight ministerial nominees to occur mostly next week after days of legislative paralysis over President Moon Jae-in's disputed personnel appointments.

Ministerial appointments do not require consent from the National Assembly, but disapproval often imposes a political burden on the president.

The hearings for Unification Minister-designate Cho Myoung-gyon and Education Minister-nominee Kim Sang-gon were set for next Thursday, while the hearing for Labor Minister-nominee Cho Dae-yop was scheduled for next Friday.

Agriculture Minister-designate Kim Yung-rok and Environment Minister-nominee Kim Eun-kyung will undergo hearings next Wednesday and on July 3, respectively.

The hearings for Song Young-moo, Chung Hyun-back and Yoo Young-min -- the nominees for the defense, gender equality and science ministers -- were tentatively set for next Wednesday, Friday and July 4.

The parliament also set the hearing for National Tax Service chief-nominee Han Seung-hee for next Monday.

Parliamentary committee sessions were stalled from Monday through Wednesday as two opposition parties boycotted them in protest against Moon's appointment Sunday of Kang Kyung-wha as foreign minister. They opposed it due to Kang's alleged ethical lapses and unproven expertise.

Lawmakers attend a parliamentary plenary session at the National Assembly in Seoul on June 22, 2017. (Yonhap)

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