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NCNP Attains Majority Party Status in National Assembly

Sept 09,1998
The ruling National Congress for New Politics (NCNP) on September 8 absorbed four national assemblymen from the opposition Grand National Party (GNP). Due to these defections, the NCNP is now assured of the majority with 153 seats out of 299 assembly seats. In six months, the Kim Dae Jung Administration has now become in the true sense of the phrase, the majority ruling party. On the contrary, the opposition GNP has seen its numbers reduced to 140 seats.
The NCNP also secured the limit number (100 seats) of assemblymen for filibuster. Furthermore another 4 or 5 GNP members including Lee Jung Kyu from Ulsan City are expected to enter the NCNP shortly, so the NCNP seems certain to increase the number of its seats in the assembly to 160 in the near future. The ruling party also begins investigations into the matter of corruption-related assemblymen, while President Kim continues to pursue his plans for a second national foundation and rapid political reform.
However it will be difficult for the GNP to convene any congressional session of its own accord with no right to present a bill for a non-confidence vote on the cabinet. The ruling party will attempt to absorb additional members so that it can acquire more than 160 seats soon.



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