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'Special inspector needs to be appointed'

The ruling and opposition parties are clashing over the issue of appointing a special inspector to supervise President Yoon Suk-yeol’s family and his staff officers, including the chief secretary and high-ranking officials.
A special inspector serves as a watchdog who inspects whether there are any illegalities conducted by the president’s acquaintances and high-ranking government officials. As the opposition parties are voicing the need to appoint an inspector swiftly, the presidential office said that they will accept and follow what the National Assembly decides. According to the Special Inspector Act, the National Assembly is in charge of recommending three candidates for the position to the president. After that, the president nominates one of them and appoints him or her to the position after a confirmation hearing at the National Assembly.
The People Power Party (PPP) pointed out that the Moon Jae-in administration had dismissed the need to appoint a special inspector. In fact, the previous Moon administration had not appointed one, giving the excuse that the position’s scope of inspection overlaps the range of investigation carried out by the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party (DP) asked the ruling party to start a compromise regarding the recommendations of a special inspector last Friday. The PPP responded by suggesting they begin the recommendation process for other vacancies as well: the director for a governmental organization for North Korean human rights and members for the state education commission. The DP immediately refuted the suggestion, pointing out that no other conditions must be attached. It is anticipated that a settlement between the two parties will be hard to see in the near future.
“When the DP was the party in power, they did not appoint a special inspector for five years and ignored the issue. And now they’re requiring the government to appoint one since they became the opposition party.”
“Why should the current government appoint a special inspector? The previous Moon administration had not appointed one during their term.”
“Do not blame the previous administration. A special inspector needs to be appointed.”
“Not appointing an inspector because the Moon administration had not done so is nonsense.”
“Why did the PPP suggest that they start the recommendation process for the director for the North Korean organization alongside the special inspector? The two positions are not even related to each other.”
“Those two positions are too far from each other. There’s nothing in common.”

BY HWANG JAE-YOUNG, BY HAN HYE-RIM [han.hyerim1@joongang.co.kr]
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