Friction intensifies between rival parties ahead of revote of special counsel probe bill

The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) on Thursday vowed to push for a bill mandating a special counsel investigation into the military's response to a Marine's death, while the ruling party slammed the DP for seeking the president's impeachment after he vetoed the bill earlier this week. The bill, which was passed by the opposition-controlled parliament early this month, is expected to be put up for a revote Tuesday after President Yoon Suk Yeol exercised his veto power. The bill calls for the appointment of a special counsel to look into allegations Yoon's office and the defense ministry inappropriately interfered in the military's probe into the death of Cpl. Chae Su-geun, who was killed during a search mission for victims of heavy downpours in July 2023. With just five days ahead of the revote, rival parties have been ramping up tensions as they each seek to prevent their party members from switching votes. On Thursday, the DP vowed to stop Yoon's administration from "driving recklessly" in a resol ution released during a two-day workshop of its newly elected lawmakers. "We will continue to push ahead with the legislation reform swiftly, including the bill vetoed by Yoon, and focus on passing the bill on the special counsel probe of the Marine," it said. The ruling People Power Party (PPP) slammed DP lawmakers for bringing up Yoon's impeachment, calling it an attempt to "overthrow" the government. "Is opposition leader Lee Jae-myung and the opposition party really going to use Chae's case as an excuse to go down the path of impeachment?" PPP floor leader Choo Kyung-ho said during a committee meeting. Choo then urged the DP to stop calling for Yoon's impeachment to "stir up chaos in the state affairs." For a bill to pass the National Assembly in a revote, it requires a majority of the 300-member parliament to be present and two-thirds of them to cast their ballots in favor. The DP currently holds 155 seats, and together with splinter parties and independent lawmakers, the number could rise to about 180. Unless there is support from some ruling party lawmakers, the bill could be discarded during the current session of the National Assembly, whose term expires later this month.