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Parliament to hold confirmation hearing on Constitutional Court chief next week

All Headlines 15:40 November 14, 2017

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Yonhap) -- A parliamentary committee will hold a confirmation hearing on Constitutional Court chief nominee Lee Jin-sung next week amid concerns about the prolonged leadership void at the top of the judiciary.

The National Assembly's special committee on Lee's confirmation finalized its composition and decided to hold the hearing on Nov. 22.

In late October, President Moon Jae-in named Lee to lead the court after the legislature voted down the confirmation motion for his first nominee, Kim Yi-su, amid disputes over his ideological orientation.

The court's helm has remained empty since January when former court chief Park Han-chul retired.

Lee has been part of the court's nine-member bench since his six-year term began in September 2012.

Lee's appointment requires consent from a majority of lawmakers present during a floor vote that can be set up by a majority of all 299 legislators. The ruling party has only 121 seats and is far short of a majority, necessitating opposition support.

This photo, taken Oct. 27, 2017, shows Constitutional Court chief justice nominee Lee Jin-sung meeting the press at the court in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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