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S Korean President calls on Parliament to decide her fate


Seoul: South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday called on Parliament to decide her fate ahead of an expected impeachment vote on Friday, the media reported.

Park said she will follow the National Assembly’s decision, including a shortened presidency, following a scandal involving her and longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil, her decades-long friend who has been indicted on charges including abuse of power and extortion, Xinhua news agency reported.

Park became the first South Korean President to be investigated as a criminal suspect after the scandal emerged in October, Yonhap news agency reported.

“If ruling and opposition parties find a way through discussion to minimise confusion and vacuum in state affairs and to stably transfer power, (I) will step down from the presidency in accordance with the schedules and legal proceedings (determined by  Parliament),” she said.

Park did not mention the voluntary resignation, demanded by opposition parties, the public and even by some members of her ruling Saenuri Party.

Her statement came ahead of the scheduled parliamentary vote on a bill to impeach the President between December 2 and December 9.

As opposition parties and some members of the governing party reached a tacit agreement on putting the impeachment motion to vote, it is highly likely for the bill to be passed through the 300-seat National Assembly.

There are 172 opposition and independent legislators who want to remove Park from office, with as many as 40 lawmakers of the ruling Saenuri Party expected to vote in favour of it.–IANS