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S. Korea's parliament postpones confirmation vote on PM-nominee

08-27-2010 17:04 BJT

SEOUL, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's ruling and opposition parties tentatively agreed on Friday to put off their floor vote on whether to approve Kim Tae-ho as the new prime minister to Sept. 1, as they failed to narrow their differences over his appointment.

Deputy floor leaders of the ruling Grand National Party (GNP) and the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) had originally planned to hold the vote Friday afternoon.

But earlier in the day, the rival parties clashed over the adoption of a report on the two-day confirmation hearing of the prime minister nominee, eventually resulting in the postponement of the planned vote.

The GNP claims that Kim has no "definitive" ethical lapses that could stop him from winning the approval, whereas the DP says it is "absolutely impossible" to confirm Kim as the prime minister.

Kim has faced allegations that he accepted bribes from the former chairman of Busan-based shoemaker Taekwang Industrial, Park Yeon-cha.

The prime minister must be confirmed by a majority of votes in a National Assembly session attended by at least half of the Assembly's 299 members. The GNP holds 172 seats in the Assembly.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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