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Main opposition's next bill is to lower fuel taxes
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) plans to submit another contentious bill next week - this time to cut fuel taxes - LKP lawmakers said Friday. Earlier this week, the conservative party submitted a bill to slash cigarette taxes. Liberal parties are strongly denouncing the moves, saying the LKP is taking populist steps to hamper the government’s tax-hike plan.
LKP draws fire over tobacco tax cut bill
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) is drawing public criticism after it submitted a bill Wednesday to slash cigarette taxes to lower the average price per pack to 2,500 won from the current 4,500 won. This is largely viewed as a politically oriented attempt to spur public resistance against the ruling camp’s move to increase taxes on high-income earners and conglomerates. The Saenuri Party, the predecessor to the LKP, was the ruling party when the Park Geun-hye administration raised the tobacco price to the current level in 2015. Tax revenue from tobacco sales doubled from 6.9 tri...
'Im Ji-hyun voluntarily returned to N. Korea'
Former North Korean defector Im Ji-hyun, who bewildered South Koreans by appearing recently in a Pyongyang propaganda video blasting Seoul, returned home on her own, an ex-boyfriend said, dismissing rumors of an abduction. South Korean media outlet No Cut News reported Wednesday that Im told her boyfriend, who requested to be identified as “K,” that she would like to return t...
Young politician to make round-the-world trip
Lee Dong-hak, former renovation committee member of the Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), has been a maverick in the ruling party, never hesitating to make cutting remarks against the party’s senior lawmakers to make room for young politicians. The 36-year-old is now preparing a round-the-world trip posing as a “chief of the global village.” For two years beginning in August, ...
UN soldiers to be honored in armistice anniversary
The government will honor United Nations soldiers who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War in a ceremony, Thursday, to mark the 64th anniversary of the armistice agreement. The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) said it will commemorate the cease-fire agreement at a stadium at Olympic Park, eastern Seoul. This year, two U.N. soldiers - Boonchai Distakul from Thailand and Peter Seiersen from Canada - will be awarded the Order of Civil Merit in recognition of their participation in the war.
86% support tax hike on rich
More than eight of 10 Koreans back President Moon Jae-in’s idea of increasing taxes on the rich, according to a survey released Monday. The Realmeter poll showed 85.6 percent of respondents said they support a tax hike on the rich. Only 10 percent were against it, giving the liberal President momentum to push for tax reform. “There would be no tax hike for the middle class and small- and medium-sized businesses. This policy would last for my five-year term,” Moon said, Friday.
Ex-KAI chief's link to Park Geun-hye uncovered
Suspicions are growing that former Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) CEO Ha Sung-yong, the central figure in a widening corruption investigation, may have had a close relationship with ousted former President Park Geun-hye and her loyalists. In June 2015, Ha appointed an aide of an unnamed pro-Park lawmaker as an executive in charge of the KAI’s aircraft maintenance project, t...
Female lawmaker nominated as labor minister
President Moon Jae-in nominated Rep. Kim Young-joo of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea as labor minister Sunday. Kim, 62, a three-term lawmaker, previously chaired the 19th National Assembly Environment and Labor Committee. Before entering politics, she worked as a clerk at Seoul Bank and became its union leader in 1985. “I feel a grave responsibility to be tapped to lead...
Ex-special envoy calls for resumption of Rajin project
Rep. Song Young-gil, who was President Moon Jae-in’s special envoy to Russia, called for the resumption of a three-way logistics project between the two Koreas and Russia, Thursday. Lashing out at former President Park Geun-hye’s decision to withdraw from the so-called Rajin-Khassan project, the four-term lawmaker of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea said the country shoul...
DPK chairwoman says not to run for Seoul mayor
Ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) Chairwoman Rep. Choo Mi-ae dismissed rumors that she may run for Seoul mayor in local elections scheduled for June next year. “I am not interested in the post. As party chief, I want to focus on making the DPK more capable, democratic and smart,” she said. “To make it, all party members including myself should join hands without any self...
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