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16 opposition lawmakers to go on sit-in at National Assembly

2013/12/27 16:43

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) -- A group of lawmakers from the main opposition Democratic Party said Friday they will go on a 72-hour sit-in at the National Assembly to press the ruling party to accept their demands over a series of contentious issues.

The 16 first-term lawmakers said their "72-hour emergency action" will begin at midnight Friday. They include Reps. Shin Kyoung-min, Kim Ki-sik, Kim Sung-ju, and Nam In-soon.

They are demanding that the ruling Saenuri Party keep its promise to continue discussions on the possibility of an independent counsel probe into the alleged state tampering in last year's presidential race and cooperate for legislation on reform of the state intelligence agency.

Other demands include the resumption of dialogue to resolve a drawn-out rail strike and the parliamentary passage of a series of bills aimed at improving the livelihoods of ordinary people.