27 February 2017

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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

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.

09/12/2016 09:40:00 SOUTH KOREA
South Korean parliament votes to impeach President Park Geun-hye

Members of her own party voted against her. Decision now rests with Constitutional Court. If ousted, Park would be the first South Korean president to undergo such a fate.

19/01/2017 10:51:00 SOUTH KOREA
Samsung: Court rejects arrest warrant for deputy chief Lee Jae-yong

He was accused of corruption, embezzlement and perjury and involved in the scandal that has engulfed the President Park. According to the judges the reasons are not sufficient to approve the request for provisional arrest.


22/11/2016 15:08:00 SOUTH KOREA
One million South Koreans demand resignation of President Park Geun-hye

During the fourth weekend of protests, the South Korean people continue to crowd the streets of the capital. The presidential office rejects the prosecutors accusations, who say Park is an "accomplice" and "suspect".

16/01/2017 13:48:00 SOUTH KOREA
Samsung’s vice chairman Lee Jae-yong arrested in connection with President Park’s scandal

He is accused of paying bribes to Choi Soon-sil worth more than US$ 36 million US. Prosecutors allege that the group also financed a Choi-owned sports company to the tune of US$ 18.3 million.

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