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Political Circles Demand Financial Stabilization Plan

Apr 28,2000

On April 28, the ruling party and the opposition came forward individually to call for measures to stabilize the financial and stock markets. The politicians warned that a new crisis would hit if the unstable stock market were left alone.

In an expanded executives' meeting of the Millennium Democratic Party (MDP), chief policymaker Lee Hai-chan said, "If the composite price index sinks below 600, we will have an emergency on our hands." He explained that he was watching the stock markets "very carefully." Kim Keun-tae, member of both the MDP guidance committee and the National Assembly‘s Finance and Economy Committee, said, "The weaknesses of the Korean financial market have come to light again, with the unstable KOSDAQ market, restructuring of investment trusts, and a lack of liquidity at Hyundai Investment Trust." He pointed out that a stabilizing prescription was urgently needed.

It was an unusual attitude for the MDP, which had been against the artificial bolstering of stock prices. Chief policymaker Lee Hai-chan plans to meet with Finance and Economy Minister Lee Hun-jae next week to discuss the matter in detail.

Lee Han-koo, chief policymaker of the Grand National Party (GNP), also warned in a major executives' meeting that, "If things go on this way, we will be faced with a serious situation." Before he joined political circles, he worked in the securities field. He said, "We should call relevant National Assembly standing committees, such as the Political Affairs Committee and the Finance and Economy Committee, and prepare measures at the parliamentary level."

During the elections, the ruling party and the opposition pledged that they would be judged by their policies. They now appear to be busy grappling with a serious economic situation. The recent general elections proved that the economy plays an important part in swaying public sentiment, and political circles are expected to be preoccupied with the economic situation in the near future.

Chung Se-kyun, the MDP’s second policy coordination committee chief, said, "If necessary, the party will enthusiastically support the government."

The GNP did not forget to remind the public of the fact that the government was to blame for the current economic trouble. Chief policymaker Lee Han-koo said, "The government must disclose the details of the situation confronting the ailing financial institutions and put forward a support plan." He rejected the plan to inject public funds into Hyundai Investment and Trust.








여야 금융시장 대책 촉구

여야가 28일 한 목소리로 금융·주식시장 안정대책을 촉구하고 나섰다.
 최근 불안한 움직임을 보이는 주식시장을 방치할 경우 새로운 위기가 닥칠 것이라는 경고다.
 민주당 이해찬(李海瓚)정책위의장은 확대간부회의에서“종합주가지수가 6백선 이하로 떨어지면 긴박한 상황으로 판단된다”며 “예의주시중”이라고 밝혔다.재경위 소속인 김근태 지도위원은“코스닥시장의 불안정,투신권 구조조정,현대투신의 유동성 부족 등으로 우리 금융시장의 취약점이 다시 드러났다”며 “처방이 시급하다”고 지적했다.
 그동안‘인위적 주가부양’을 반대해왔던 민주당으로선 이례적인 태도다.李의장은 다음주중 이헌재(李憲宰)재경부장관과 만나 이 문제를 집중 논의할 계획이다.
 한나라당 이한구(李漢久)정책실장 역시 주요당직자 회의에서“이대로 가면 심각한 상황이 올 수 있다”고 경고했다.정치권 입문전 증권계에 몸담았던 그는 “정무·재경위등 관련 상임위를 소집해 여야가 국회차원에서 대책을 마련해야 한다”고 촉구했다.
 총선후 “정책대결을 통해 평가 받겠다”고 한 여야가 심상찮은 경제상황속에서 긴박하게 움직이는 모습이다.경제가 민심에 미치는 영향이 절대적이라는 것이 총선을 통해 입증된 만큼 정치권은 부산하게 돌아갈 전망이다.
 민주당 정세균(丁世均)제2정책조정위원장은 “필요하면 당에서 정부를 적극 지원할 것”이라고 밝혔다.
 한나라당은 “정부의 실책 탓”이란 점을 부각시키는 것도 잊지않았다.이한구 실장은“정부가 먼저 부실 금융기관 실태를 상세히 밝히고 향후 지원계획을 내놓아야 한다”고 강조했다.현대투신에 대한 공적자금 투입에도 부정적 의견을 밝혔다.








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