Political row intensifies over special probe bill into Marine’s death

Rep. Park Chan-dae, front, floor leader of the Democratic Party of Korea, speaks during a press conference near the presidential office in Seoul, Saturday, urging President Yoon Suk Yeol to accept a special counsel probe over a Marine's death. Yonhap

The political row over a special probe bill into a Marine’s death has intensified, as the opposition bloc is pressuring President Yoon Suk Yeol to accept the Assembly-approved bill. Meanwhile, the ruling side has described the attempt as being “politically motivated.”On Saturday, the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and five other opposition parties — the Rebuilding Korea Party (RKP), the Reform Party, the Justice Party, the Progressive Party and the Saemirae Party — held a joint press conference near the presidential office in Seoul to call on Yoon to accept a special counsel bill passed by the opposition-controlled National Assembly last week.

The bill aims to launch a sweeping investigation into officials at the presidential office, the Ministry of National Defense and the Marine Corps, to look into the death of Marine Cpl. Chae Su-geun, who died last year during a search operation after floods, amid suspicions of political interference in order to downplay the responsibilities of ranking military officials.”Is it asking too much to ask for the truth on why a young Marine died during a search-and-rescue operation for flood victims and whether there was external pressure during the course of the investigation?” DPK floor leader Rep. Park Chan-dae said. “The president using his veto power will not hide the truth.”RKP leader Cho Kuk, known for his vocal criticism of Yoon, said, “People are demanding a special counsel probe right now.” According to recent public surveys, nearly 70 percent of the people support the special counsel probe.The first-term lawmaker-elects of the DPK 카지노사이트킹 staged a sit-in protest against the Yoon administration

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