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Rival parties reach deal to normalize National Assembly

Rival parties reach deal to normalize National Assembly
여야, 국회 정상화 합의…80일만에 정상 가동South Korea's rival parties have agreed to normalize the National Assembly after over two months of inaction.The deal was reached between the floor leaders of the rival parties about half an hour ago.For more, we connect to our National Assembly correspondent Kim Min-ji on the line.Min-ji, fill us in on the details.Well Devin, the National Assembly is back in action after a two and a half month hiatus.Parliamentary Speaker Moon Hee-sang had given the parties until today to reach an agreement to normalize parliament and set the June agenda.The agreement was reached between the floor leaders of the three main parties about half an hour ago.With that, a plenary session will be held in the coming hours for Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon to deliver a speech on the need for the government's 5-point-7 billion U.S. dollar extra budget that was submitted two months ago.Rival parties have also agreed to take into consideration the proposals of each party regarding the key reform bills put on fast-track in late April regarding electoral reform, establishing an independent body to probe high level government officials,... and diluting the investigative powers of police and prosecution.Rival parties will also hold a round-table debate headed by the speaker to assess the slowing economy something the main opposition Liberty Korea Party had been demanding.Pressure had been mounting on the National Assembly to get back to work,... with bills related to people's livelihoods and economic revitalization piling up.That's all I have for now, back to you Devin.

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