SEOUL – South Korea's National Assembly kicked off its new four-year term on Saturday amid urgent duties to curb the Kov-19 pandemic and prevent its economic slowdown.

The ruling Democratic Party controls a 300-member parliament with 177 seats, while the opposition United Future Party (UFP) has 103.

But public appeal has grown for opponents to collaborate in resolving pending issues.
Lee Hae-chan, chairman of the DP Party, said: "The 21st National Assembly begins in a rush to overcome the economic crisis and prepare for the backdrop."
By Chhouk Bora