SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- South Korean lawmakers on Wednesday approved the arrest of a leftist lawmaker of the minor progressive party suspected of plotting a rebellion against the state.
The 300-member parliament gave the nod to the bill aimed at allowing the court to issue an arrest warrant for Rep. Lee Seok-ki of the left-leaning Unified Progressive Party (UPP) in a 258-14 vote, with 11 blank ballots, 6 invalid votes and 11 absent. South Korean President Park Geun-hye already consented to the arrest on Monday.
Lawmakers in South Korea are immune from arrest while the parliament is in session. The arrest of an incumbent lawmaker can be approved if half of the 300 parliamentary members are present and half of those favor it.