South Korea: South Korea President Park Geun-hye offers to resign over corruption scandal

Author(s): Vasudevan Sridharan | Date: November 29, 2016 | Language: English
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South Korea’s embattled President Park Geun-hye has offered to step down and asked the parliament to iron out a procedure for her resignation if necessary. In a televised address on Tuesday (29 November) Park said that she would leave her fate in the hands of parliament.
“I will leave to parliament everything about my future including shortening of my term,” said the South Korean leader, who has been facing increasing criticism over an influence-peddling scandal.
She added: “If the ruling and opposition parties devise a method to minimise any confusion or vacuum in state governance and ensure the stable transition of government, I will step down in accordance with the timeline and legal procedures.”
In her emotional speech, Park noted that she was disheartened at not being able to assuage public outrage over the last few days. Although the South Korean leader denied any wrongdoing in the entire episode, she did take responsibility for the behaviour of her close associates.

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