Revised Sejong plans unveiled
The government is set to launch related legislative process but harsh resistance from opposition lawmakers and some of Chungcheong residents illustrate a bumpy road ahead. Main opposition Democratic and second-tier Liberal
Forward Parties immediately entered into anti-government protests, insisting on the "original plans."
Some party members shaved hair at the National Assembly building in Yeoeuido, western Seoul. "Sejong city has been transformed into one of those industrial cities and public opinion has been split. Chungcheong has degenerated into the means of maintaining vested rights of Seoul metropolitan area centralists ... who is to listen to our anger and plea?" said Liberal Forward Party in a statement. The party is based on Chungcheong Province.
Some 200 Sejong residents and civic groups announced a joint statement that urged the government to "stop insulting Chungcheong and proceed with government agency relocation."
Park Geun-hye, who leads a faction within the GNP that is against the idea of scrapping the original plan, came up with no official comments. She reiterated her position in her last public appearance last Thursday.
**The full version of the article can be read in tomorrow’s edition of the JoongAng Daily.
By Seo Ji-eun
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