The ruling and opposition parties will vote on a motion to dismiss Prime Minister Han Deok- soo and a motion to arrest Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myeong at the plenary session of the National Assembly today (21st) . The Democratic Party-led bill to impeach prosecutors related to the Seoul Metropolitan Government official spy manipulation case is also expected to be voted on. The controversial bills, the ‘ Yellow Envelope Act (Amendment to Articles 2 and 3 of the Trade Union and Labor Relations Adjustment Act)’ and the ‘ 3 Broadcasting Acts (Broadcasting Act, Broadcasting Culture Promotion Association Act, and Korea Educational Broadcasting Corporation Act)’, both bills were passed according to the decision of National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo. , or there is a possibility that only one bill will be submitted. Here, a vote may be held on the motion to appoint Lee Kyun-yong, candidate for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court , which is truly a ‘big day for National Assembly voting.’
■ Proposal for dismissal of Han Deok-su… First case of dismissal of Prime Minister when passed
. First, the proposal to dismiss Prime Minister Han Deok-soo, which was reported to the plenary session yesterday, is put on the agenda for a vote.
On the 18th, the Democratic Party submitted a motion to the National Assembly to dismiss Prime Minister Han, demanding responsibility for the Itaewon disaster, the controversy over poor management of the jamboree, and the issue of discharge of contaminated water from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. Today, there are 298
members of the National Assembly . In order for it to be passed, the approval of a majority of registered lawmakers (150 seats) is required, but since the Democratic Party holds more than half of the seats (168 seats), it is highly likely to pass. If the motion to dismiss Prime Minister Han is passed, it will be the first time that a motion to dismiss a Prime Minister has been passed in the National Assembly. However, even if it is passed in the National Assembly today , it is likely to only have political implications rather than lead to actual dismissal . Previously, the President’s Office expressed regret at the Democratic Party’s resolution to dismiss Prime Minister Han, saying, “The victims of the last-minute political struggle are ultimately the people.” This is because it appears that President Yoon Seok-yeol will not accept the National Assembly’s proposal to dismiss Prime Minister Han.
■ Motion for Lee Jae-myeong’s arrest… It depends on the Democratic Party’s 28 votes.
A vote on the motion to arrest Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung will also be held.
Previously, the prosecution requested an arrest warrant for CEO Lee on suspicion of preferential treatment for the development of Baekhyeon-dong and Ssangbangwool Group’s remittances to North Korea, and the arrest motion was reported to the National Assembly yesterday.
According to the National Assembly Act, the requirements for passage are the attendance of a majority of registered members and the approval of a majority of members present . Among the 298
registered lawmakers today, excluding Representative Lee Jae-myung, who was taken to the hospital after a long fast, independent lawmaker Yoon Kwan-seok, who is in prison, and Foreign Minister Park Jin, who is on a tour of the United States, the number of lawmakers who can attend the plenary session is expected to be 295 . In this case, the quorum for passing is 148 votes . If Representative Jae-myung Lee attends the plenary session, the number of attendees will be 296, and the quorum for passing will be 149 votes. Although the negative vote is gaining ground within the Democratic Party, it is difficult to predict the outcome of the vote as the number of ‘yes’ factions, led by non-Lee Jae-myung, is also at a level that cannot be ignored. It is assumed that 120 people, including the People Power Party (110 people, excluding Minister Park Jin), the Justice Party (6 people), Era Change (1 person), Hope for Korea (1 person), and independent lawmakers with a pro-government stance (2 people) will vote for it. At least 28 people from the Democratic Party
■ Prosecution of impeachment by Prosecutor Dong-wan Ahn… If passed, for the first time in constitutional history,
the ‘prosecution impeachment bill’ proposed by Democratic Party lawmaker Kim Yong-min with the consent of 105 opposition lawmakers on the 19th will also be voted on in the plenary session.
The target is Ahn Dong-wan, the current deputy chief prosecutor of the Suwon District Prosecutors’ Office, Anyang Branch. The reason for the impeachment is that Prosecutor Ahn ‘revengefully indicted’ Yoo Woo-seong, a victim of the Seoul Metropolitan Government official spy manipulation case, on charges of violating the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act.
It will be the first time in 24 years since the impeachment of Prosecutor General Kim Tae-jung was rejected in 1999 that a prosecutor’s impeachment motion has been put to a vote, and if passed, it will be the 안전놀이터first time in constitutional history.
In 2007, there were proposals to impeach prosecutors, including the BBK investigation prosecutor, but all of them were scrapped without reaching a vote in the plenary session.
According to the Constitution, the requirement for impeachment is the approval of a majority of the members of the National Assembly . Since the Democratic Party holds the majority of seats, it is highly likely that it will be passed.
If the prosecutor’s impeachment bill is passed, the final decision on whether to impeach will be made through the Constitutional Court. The exercise of power is suspended until the Constitutional Court makes a decision.
For reference, the votes on the motion to dismiss Prime Minister Han Deok-soo, the motion for the arrest of Representative Lee Jae-myung, and the motion to impeach Prosecutor Ahn Dong-wan are all held by secret ballot in accordance with National Assembly law. ■ ‘Special Prosecutor Chae Sang-byeong Act’ designated as an agenda item for expedited processing
In addition, the special prosecution law related to external pressure on the investigation of Corporal Chae, who died while searching a flood site, is expected to be designated as a fast track agenda at today’s plenary session.
According to the National Assembly Act, if a majority of the registered members request it, a bill can be designated as an agenda subject to expedited processing, and if it receives the approval of more than 180 seats in the plenary session, it will undergo expedited processing procedures.
The procedure is up to 180 days for review by the relevant standing committee → up to 90 days for review by the Legislation and Judiciary Committee → up to 60 days for submission to the plenary session, followed by an automatic vote at the plenary session.
However, in the case of the Corporal Chae Special Prosecutor Act, the Democratic Party claims that the 90-day review period for the Judiciary and Judiciary Committee may be shortened because the relevant standing committee is the Judiciary Committee.