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Parties agree to review reducing lawmakers' privileges

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여야 특권내려놓기 기구 설치 합의 We start with domestic politics... Korea's three major parties have agreed to set up a special body to review,... and then cut lawmakers' privileges. The move comes amid growing public anger over allegations of deeply-ingrained nepotism and corruption. Park Ji-won reports. The floor leaders of Korea's three main political parties agreed late Thursday to work toward cutting privileges enjoyed by lawmakers. The issue will either be discussed at a new special committee at the National Assembly, or at a new consultative body,... although its exact form has yet to be decided. The move was sparked by growing outrage over a series of corruption allegations involving lawmakers. The co-leaders of the minor opposition People's Party stepped down this week, taking responsibility over allegations two of their lawmakers took kickbacks. Some ruling Saenuri Party and main opposition Minjoo Party lawmakers are also in hot water for hiring close family members at their offices. The three parties have also agreed to review lawmakers' immunity from arrest. Currently, all sitting lawmakers are being protected by the Constitution from being arrested or detained without parliamentary consent. The specifics will be hammered out at the newly-formed body. Park Ji-won, Arirang News. Visit ‘Arirang News’ Official Pages Facebook(NEWS): http://www.facebook.com/newsarirang Homepage: http://www.arirang.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arirangtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/arirangworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/arirangworld