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Major South Korean parties agree to launch negotiations on constitutional revision

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Three major parties of South Korea agreed Monday to begin earnest negotiations over a constitutional revision this week, as President Moon Jae-in submitted the government’s amendment proposal in a move to further pressure them to meet halfway, according to Yonhap News agency.

The floor leaders of the ruling Democratic Party, main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and Bareunmirae Party will meet Tuesday to discuss major sticking points, such as how to overhaul the government structure, party officials said after their regular meeting with National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun.

They also agreed that Moon can deliver a parliamentary speech on the revision during the legislature’s extraordinary session next month.

Despite the agreement, skepticism lingers over the prospects of any cross-party agreement, as the rival parties showed no signs of budging over the revision.

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