Park confidant is urging her to shift stance on Sejong

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Park confidant is urging her to shift stance on Sejong

The factional strife inside the Grand National Party over the government’s attempt to rewrite the Sejong City development plan took a new turn yesterday as a confidant of Park Geun-hye appealed to her and fellow Park loyalists to reconsider their position.

Representative Kim Moo-sung, a four-term lawmaker who has closely assisted the former GNP chairwoman for the past six years, held a press conference yesterday asking pro-Park lawmakers to seriously consider a compromise proposal.

On Thursday, Kim presented a proposal to mend the rupture in the GNP between pro-Lee Myung-bak and pro-Park lawmakers. While the pro-Lee faction wants to develop Sejong City in South Chungcheong into a science, education and business hub, the pro-Park faction has insisted on keeping the initial plan of relocating major government offices to build an administrative city.

In his compromise proposal, Kim suggested that some independent operations be moved to Sejong City. Kim proposed that the Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, National Election Commission, National Human Rights Commission, Board of Audit and Inspection, Fair Trade Commission and Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission by relocated to the new city.

After Park and the Blue House reacted cautiously to Kim’s proposal, Kim held a press conference yesterday to further his proposal.

“I will attend all discussion sessions from now on to make heartfelt appeals,” Kim said.

He also said he does not believe his move will worsen his ties with Park.

“When the time comes that I don’t consider myself loyal to Park, then I will publicly say so,” he said. “But it’s not that time yet.”

He also had interviews with MBC, CBS and SBS radio stations to emphasize his affection for Park, dismissing the possibility that they will part ways.

Kim said his compromise proposal is a great face-saving measure for both pro-Lee and pro-Park factions.

“It is very close to the initial plan, and there is room for further negotiation,” Kim said. “I sincerely appeal to Park to reconsider her position and think about my proposal.”

He also added that if his proposal is not adopted by the Grand National Party, he has no choice but to back the Lee administration’s program because he does not believe in the relocation of the government.

“It is an important matter, and I have to keep my convictions even if they are different than Park’s,” Kim said. “If my compromise is not adopted, then I will have to support the government’s revision plan.”


By Ser Myo-ja [myoja@joongang.co.kr]

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