Yonhap News Agency, Seoul, November 23. The South Korean National Assembly will launch a national investigation into the Itaewon stampede on the 24th. The investigation will last for 45 days. The legal deadline for processing the Budget is December 2.
On the 23rd, the two major party whips of the ruling and opposition parties – National Power Chu Haoying and the Common Democratic Party Park Honggeun held a press conference in the National Assembly to announce the above-mentioned agreement reached by the two parties. Both the government and the opposition will vote to approve the national affairs investigation plan at the plenary meeting of the National Assembly on the 24th. Afterwards, state affairs investigations will be conducted in the order of material submission, agency reports, on-site inspections, and hearings.
The investigation period can be postponed by a vote of the National Assembly plenary session. The agencies listed as the targets of the investigation include the State Affairs Office of the Presidential Office, the National Crisis Management Center, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Administration and Security, the Ministry of Health and Welfare (including the Central Emergency Medical Situation Office), and the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office. Seoul Metropolitan Government, Yongsan District Government, National Police Agency, Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, Yongsan District Police Department and Fire Department, Seoul Fire and Disaster Prevention Headquarters, Yongsan Fire Department, etc.
The government and the opposition will jointly form a special committee for state affairs investigation, of which 9 members are from the Democratic Party, 7 are from the National Forces, 2 are members of non-parliamentary party groups, and the chairman of the special committee is appointed by the Democratic Party. (Finish)
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