Parliament adopts hearing reports on 3 Constitutional Court justice nominees
SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Yonhap) -- The National Assembly on Wednesday adopted confirmation hearing reports on three nominees to be Constitutional Court justices ahead of a vote on their nominations.
Rival parties agreed Tuesday to vote on the confirmation motions for the three candidates -- incumbent judges Kim Ki-young, Lee Jong-seok and Lee Young-jin -- at a plenary session slated for 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The agreement came as the vacancy of the nine-member panel has extended to one month, raising concerns about the court's full operation.
Last month, parliament held confirmation hearings for the candidates, each of whom were recommended by one of the ruling and two opposition parties. But it failed to adopt hearing reports amid partisan bickering over the nominees' qualifications.
In particular, opposition parties had to objected Kim Ki-young, who was recommended by the ruling Democratic Party (DP), citing a series of ethical lapses that included false registration of his wife and children's home address.
On the panel's vacancy, President Moon Jae-in said last week that the National Assembly's failure to handle their confirmation is hampering people's constitutional rights.
In South Korea, the president, the National Assembly and the Supreme Court chief justice nominate three Constitutional Court justices each.
"We hope that the vote results will come out at the plenary session so as to help normalize the Constitutional Court's operation," said Hong Young-pyo, the floor leader of the DP, at a meeting with party officials.
Source: Yonhap News Agency