Our top story this morning…
The talks stretched well into the night，… but Korea′s rival political parties could
only reconfirm their deep differences over how to redraw the nation′s electoral map
ahead of general elections set for next spring. The chairmen and floor leaders of the ruling
Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy were locked
in discussions for three hours… only emerging at close to midnight… after failing to find
any middle ground. The ruling party wants to maintain the 300－seat
parliament by increasing the number of constituencies while reducing proportional representation
members who are chosen based on the total number of votes each party gets.
The NPAD is opposed to that plan， saying it will stoke regionalism in Korean politics.
It wants to maintain the number of seats given to proportional representation members.
The leaders are set to meet again at midday on Wednesday.
However， it′s widely thought the two parties will not be able to meet their self－imposed
deadline of November 13th to finalize the plan. .