Record-setting filibuster ends after 192 hours

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Seo Young-Kyo (R), a lawmaker of South Korea's main opposition Minju Party, delivers a speech to call for revision of a disputed anti-terrorism bill on the main floor of the parliament in Seoul on February 29, 2016. A record-breaking filibuster by South Korean opposition lawmakers entered its seventh day on February 29 in a bid to block a bill giving greater surveillance powers to the national spy agency. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Outnumbered South Korean opposition lawmakers have ended more than a week of nonstop speeches in the National Assembly aimed at delaying a vote on the country’s first anti-terror legislation.

The 38 liberal lawmakers say the bill threatens personal freedoms and privacy. They had taken turns speaking in the filibuster since Feb. 23.

They stopped their marathon speeches Wednesday out of concern that a continuation might cause a public backlash ahead of April parliamentary elections.

The assembly is expected to put the anti-terror bill to a vote later Wednesday.

The filibuster continued for 192 hours, reportedly making it one of the longest of its kind in world politics.

Government officials are pushing for the bill’s passage, citing threats from North Korea.


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