[EDITORIALS]Take no for an answerOfficially and unofficially, Uri Party lawmakers are talking about a “coalition government” every day. They seem to be determined to get something out of this idea. They are so eager to make their argument that many of its fallacies become apparent. Sometimes, what they say is nothing but word play, making no sense at all. It seems they are trying to package the idea in words that will appeal to the public.
The height of this nonsense came Sunday with a remark by the party’s secretary-general. “The Grand National Party is trying to politically impeach [the president],” he said, continuing, “We want policy cooperation with the opposition to help [the president] finish his term.” This makes no sense. Is there such a term as “political impeachment?” What does the president’s term, which is guaranteed by law, have to do with coalition government? If Uri Party lawmakers believe the Grand National Party is trying to impeach the president, why would they propose forming a coalition government with them?
The Uri Party chairman said, “If we succeed in forming a coalition government, we will decide on policies in a unified general meeting of lawmakers.” This was in response to the question of whether offering a coalition with the Grand Nationals meant that the party would change its policies on North Korea and the National Security Law, or abandon them. He replied that since the Uri Party is not outnumbered by the Grand Nationals, the party would give and take as necessary.
In any case, such things should be decided in the National Assembly, as the law requires, not in a unified general meeting. Introducing and passing bills in the legislature insures that the process is transparent and fair. Where there is a lack of transparency in government, it is because of political failure, which is nothing that would be solved by a “coalition government.” The party should not play tricks on the people.
Enough of this “coalition government” talk. Haven’t all the opposition parties rejected the idea? The Uri Party seems like a stalker, chasing after someone who has refused them. It is no surprise that their motives are being questioned. As we have emphasized many times before, we should turn our attention to boosting the economy. This would do more to stabilize politics than the coalition government the Uri Party insists upon.