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South Korea: Park Geun-hye asks permission to step down


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South Korea: Park Geun-hye asks permission to step down

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has said she is willing to step down and has asked parliament to decide how and when she can give up power.

The main opposition Democratic Party labelled it a ploy to avoid impeachment and rejected her offer.

It is aiming to bring an impeachment motion in parliament as early as Friday.

“I will step down from my position according to the law after discussion with the ruling and opposition parties once a way is formed to pass on the administration in a stable manner that will also minimise political unrest,” she said in a statement.

The embattled leader is embroiled in an influence-peddling scandal in which she is alleged to have allowed a long-time friend to manipulate political decisions for personal gain.

If she steps down, Park will become the nation’s first ever president to fail to complete a single five-year term since 1987, when the current democratic system was implemented.

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