South Korean lawmakers end filibuster over anti-terror bill

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 193 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.