Presidential Office Criticizes Opposition’s Special Probe Bills

Seoul, South Korea - The presidential office has expressed strong concerns regarding the opposition-led special investigation bills, including those probing allegations involving First Lady Kim Keon Hee. A senior official stated on Sunday that these proposals are aimed at tarnishing the reputation of President Yoon Suk Yeol's administration ahead of the upcoming general elections.

According to Yonhap News Agency, director of national policy at the presidential office, during his appearance on KBS TV, the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) is planning to pass two investigation proposals during a National Assembly plenary meeting scheduled for Thursday. One proposal focuses on allegations of stock manipulation involving the first lady, while the other relates to bribery suspicions surrounding a development project in the Daejangdong district, south of Seoul. "We firmly believe that these bills are designed to leave a scratch ahead of the general elections," Lee commented. He mentioned that the government will decide how to respond if the bills are passed on December 28 and transferred to the government. The ruling People Power Party (PPP) opposes these bills, but the DP, holding a majority in the Assembly, can pass them independently. President Yoon faces the possibility of exercising his veto power, albeit with potential backlash ahead of April's general elections.

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