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Moon vows to activate consultative body involving parties, gov't this year

Politics 15:33 January 11, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in pledged Friday to activate the operation of the standing consultative body involving rival parties and the government this year.

Moon and the floor leaders of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) and four opposition parties agreed in August 2018 that they will hold a meeting of the consultative body once every quarter to promote cooperation in managing state affairs.

They agreed to cooperate in a bipartisan manner to improve the livelihoods of ordinary people and make efforts for electoral reform during their first meeting in November last year. But the schedule for a second meeting has not been fixed.

"This year, I'll make the standing consultative body stand on a firm footing and activate its operation," Moon was quoted by a DP official as saying at his lunch meeting with the DP's leaders, including Hong Young-pyo, the party's floor leader.

Moon called on Hong to make efforts to arrange a second meeting as soon as possible.

The president also called for the ruling party's efforts to revive the Korean economy and work toward the prosecution's reform.

President Moon Jae-in (2nd from L) speaks at a luncheon with the leadership of the ruling Democratic Party on Jan. 11, 2019. (Yonhap)

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