South Korean Assembly Fails to Override Presidential Veto on Special Probes

SEOUL - In a significant parliamentary development, two special investigation bills, including one concerning allegations against First Lady Kim Keon Hee, were not passed in a revote on Thursday after being vetoed last month by President Yoon Suk Yeol.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the failure to override the presidential veto was anticipated given the requirement for a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly, where the ruling People Power Party (PPP), opposing the bills, holds 113 of the 297 seats. The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) had initially pushed the bills through in late December, seeking independent counsel probes into alleged stock price manipulation involving the first lady and corruption allegations linked to a development project in Seongnam. Despite earlier resistance to a revote, an agreement on electoral redistricting prompted the DP to proceed, though both measures fell short of the necessary support.

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