Assembly speaker vows to promote constitutional changeKorea’s new parliamentary speaker vowed efforts Tuesday to prod the ruling and opposition parties to reach an agreement on a bill to revise the Constitution by the end of the year.
“As speaker, I will make my utmost efforts to help rival parties come up with a bill on constitutional revision by the end of this year,” Moon said in a speech celebrating the 70th anniversary of Constitution Day.
He expressed regret that the country marked the anniversary without a new constitution.
“Nevertheless, about 80 percent of people call for seeking the Constitution revision again,” said the speaker, who will head the National Assembly for a two-year term.
In March, President Moon Jae-in submitted a bill that called for changing the current single five-year presidential term to a maximum of two successive four-year terms.
Korea’s Constitution was last revised in 1987 after decades of military-backed authoritarian rule. The current single, five-year presidential term was then adopted, together with a direct presidential election system.
But the current system has also been blamed for concentrating too much power in the office of the president.
Moon earlier wanted to hold a referendum on constitutional revision along with local elections in June.
But the National Assembly failed in April to revise the law on national referendums, making it impossible to hold a concurrent vote on the issue.
Opposition parties have been calling for constitutional revision to end the current presidential system after they were stung by a crushing defeat in the June 13 local elections.