23 March 2018

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11/29/2016 SOUTH KOREA

Park: ready to resign, parliament will decide my future

The Korean president says she is ready to leave power "once lawmakers come up with measures to transfer power in a way that minimises any power vacuum and chaos in governance." December 2, the opposition will present the motion for impeachment in parliament. Park would be the first president to step down since 1960.


Seoul (AsiaNews / Agencies) - "I will leave the matters about my fate, including the shortening of my presidential term, to be decided by the National Assembly. If the ruling and opposition parties discuss and come up with a plan to reduce the confusion in state affairs and ensure a safe transfer of governments, I will resign from the presidential position under that schedule and by processes stated in law". said South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, today during a speech to the nation broadcast live on TV.

The head of state’s address, fueled by a lingering political scandal, come just a few days from December 2, when the opposition parties will present a motion in parliament asking for her impeachment. The motion should pass with a two-thirds majority as even members of Saenuri party, linked to the president, are in favor of it.

Park is at the center of a corruption scandal involving her friend Choi Soon-sil. The latter - the daughter of a religious personality (almost a "guru") a friend of the Park family - is accused of having interfered in internal and foreign policies, procuring funding for some of her foundation, illegally benefiting from it. Today is the third televised speech by Park since the beginning of the scandal.

Two days ago yet another demonstration in Seoul gathered nearly a million and a half demonstrators. In recent weeks there have been other popular demonstrations.

Park would be the first South Korean president to resign since Syngman Rhee, who left power and fled to Hawaii after a popular protest in 1960. The next government was brought down by Park’s father, Park Chung-hee, the military dictator who ruled until his assassination in 1979.

See also

31/03/2017 10:06:00 SOUTH KOREA
Former President Park arrested for corruption

The decision by the Seoul Court after nine hours of hearing. Park is accused of corruption, abuse of authority and revelation of state secrets. She denies any wrongdoing. She is the third president to be imprisoned and risks a sentence of 10 years.

28/11/2016 13:25:00 SOUTH KOREA
Park close to impeachment after large-scale demonstrations bring together 2 million people

Opposition parties plan to present a motion in parliament in two-days time. Demonstrations take place in different South Korean cities. In Seoul alone, some 1.5 million people come together.

27/03/2017 16:57:00 SOUTH KOREA
Prosecutors ask Seoul court to arrest former President Park Geun-hye

If the Seoul District Court agrees with the request and issues the arrest warrant, Park will be the first former South Korean president to be arrested since 1995. The charges against her include abuse of office, bribery and leaking government documents.

10/03/2017 09:37:00 SOUTH KOREA
The Constitutional Court confirms the removal of President Park

"She has betrayed the trust of the people and the Constitution." Two pro-Park supporters, were killed during a demonstration in front of the Court. Elections in May.

09/03/2017 10:02:00 SOUTH KOREA
Religious leaders ask Seoul to avoid conflicts and divisions after court's decision on Park impeachment

President of the Episcopal Conference: Avoid Disaster. The nation's constitutional rules are still healthy. Council of Korean Protestant churches: mature citizens to shape a better Korea. Buddhist: The verdict an occasion for the "revival of the peace" after the divisions of the past months. The Constitutional Court decides tomorrow at 11.

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