High-level gov’t, party meeting slated for Sunday over budget, economic bills

SEOUL, Nov. 2 (Yonhap) -- Officials from the presidential office, the government and the ruling Democratic Party (DP) will meet over the weekend to discuss the national budget and economic bills, party officials said Friday.

The three-way meeting will be held Sunday to discuss how to defend the government's record 470.5 trillion-won (US$418.9 billion) budget proposal from opposition parties' attacks.

President Moon Jae-in called for bipartisan cooperation in approving the proposal during his budget speech Thursday.

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party said it will seek to sharply cut the government's 2019 budget spending plans for short-term job posts and inter-Korean projects.

The officials also plan to discuss key bills related to the economy and people's daily lives, which are pending at parliament amid partisan wrangling.

Participants in the meeting will include Lee Hae-chan, the chairman of the DP; Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon; and Jang Ha-sung, the presidential chief of staff for policy.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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