Posted August. 12, 2009 08:37,
President Lee Myung-bak and ruling Grand National Party Chairman Park Hee-tae yesterday held a one-hour closed meeting at the presidential office.
They discussed the depth and direction of the Cabinet reshuffle expected this month and by-elections scheduled for October.
President Lee asked Park to encourage the ruling party to support the governments pragmatic and low-income friendly policies adopted last month.
Park said his party`s lawmakers should be nominated for ministerial posts.
Both also talked of the prospects for the National Assemblys regular session next month and countermeasures.
Park expressed his will to run for a parliamentary seat in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, in the October by-elections, a matter that he and President Lee put emphasis.
If Park runs, it will force a reshuffle of the ruling party and change the political landscape since he will have to step down as chairman.
Also attending the talks were Maeng Hyung-gyu, senior secretary to the president for political affairs, the ruling party`s general director Jang Gwang-geun, and Parks chief secretary Kim Hyo-jae.
After posing for photos with the other participants, President Lee and Park started a one-on-one meeting.