South Korea’s opposition proposes new motion against interior minister over Itaewon tragedy

File – A person leaves flowers at a temporary mourning space near the site of the tragic Halloween stampede in Seoul’s Itaewon district. – -/YNA/dpa

The South Korean opposition Democratic Party (DP) has decided to file a new motion of censure against Interior Minister Lee Sang Min over the government’s failed response to the Itaewon human avalanche in which more than 150 people were killed.

The DP has indicated that this decision has been taken in a general meeting during this Monday, as reported by the South Korean news agency Yonhap.

This motion must be submitted to the House for its opinion 72 hours later, as required by law.

South Korea’s National Assembly approved in December a motion to impeach Lee, after being requested by the Democratic Party, by obtaining 182 votes in favor, surpassing the 150 supports needed for it to go ahead.

However, the motion was non-binding, and the presidential office stated at the time that this action should be taken after investigations into the incident.

The country’s police completed an investigation into the crowd in the Itaewon neighborhood in mid-January, concluding that the disaster was caused «by the inability of the authorities».

The investigation team has pointed out that the authorities, such as the district office, the Police or the Fire Brigade, did not take any proper emergency rescue or disaster control action.