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Budget Bill Delayed By School Law Row

Posted December. 15, 2006 07:15,   


The ongoing debate surrounding another revision of the private school law between the Uri and Grand National parties is expected to delay the passage of 2007 budget bill, previously agreed on December 15.

Though both parties discussed the issue at a floor leaders’ meeting on December 13, they failed to reach an agreement and blamed each other for the failure of budget bill passage the next day. The Uri Party criticized the opposition party for linking the revision to the budget proposal, breaking its earlier promise. The Uri Party confirmed that it would not accept the opposition’s request for erasing the clause that requires private school boards to include outside directors.

At the general meeting, Uri Party leader Kim Geun-tae said, “While the opposition party leader opposes connecting the private school law issue with the budget proposal, its floor leader supports the linkage. It is rather baffling.” On the other hand, the opposition party responded that it would consider the association positively as its counterpart neglected the contentious clause about outside directors.

Kim Hyong-o, floor leader of the opposition party, said, “The ruling party insisted that the director election system issue is directly related to its identity. After it faced the public opposition, however, it now links the issue to the law school bill out of the blue. Therefore, it became clear that the director system has nothing to do with the party’s identity.”

Under these circumstances, the budget proposal is expected to be addressed on December 20 or 21.