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Self-serving representatives

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By Kang Hyun-kyung

The National Assembly interpellation session held Monday turned into a state-sponsored farce.

Some ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) lawmakers tried hard to defend ― not criticize ― the embattled Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae who is accused of abuse of power ― as the former head of the party ― to help her son illicitly extend his leave of absence from the military back in 2016, among other allegations.

I was curious about the motives behind their coordinated endeavors to save the troubled Choo, who has angered the public due to a series of allegations, while watching the session on YouTube.

How could the ruling party lawmakers turn their back on voters, who were simmering with anger over the justice minister, and act like they knew nothing about the worsening public opinion which has already dealt a blow to President Moon Jae-in's approval ratings?

What they did was insane; it was even worse than a farce.

A farce is hilarious, gives its audiences laughter and satisfaction as it mocks corrupt politicians and greedy business tycoons.

The reality show in the Assembly, however, lacked........

© The Korea Times

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