S Korea's politicians brawl over budget
SOUTH Korea's government rammed through the 2011 budget yesterday amid vicious brawls between politicians who came to blows over billions in spending on controversial projects to clean up the country's rivers.
The 2011 budget will be 309.1trn won (€206bn), slightly smaller than the 309.6trn won proposed by the government, the Finance Ministry said in a statement, although it is about 6pc more than this year's budget.
Calling government members of parliament "lap dogs", opposition members from the Democratic Party blockaded parliament offices and the main hall for a second day, and parliamentary guards were brought in to restore order.
The opposition had wanted a reduction in spending. Their plans would have made cuts in the 'four rivers project', a pet plan of President Lee Myung-bak that opponents say is 'pork-barrel politics' and will damage the environment.