Fire and loathing in former stronghold of South Korea's Park

South Korea's Park ready to resign

The court would have 180 days to deliberate and scrutinize the reasons for the president's removal. After all, they say, if Park really cared about what most South Koreans say they want, she would have simply resigned.

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye enjoyed rock-star popularity for most of her life as a conservative icon - until an influence-peddling scandal turned her into a target of nationwide anger and sparked the dramatic downfall of the country's onetime "princess".


Park Geun-hye's visit to the market in the southeastern city of Daeju on Thursday comes as her opponents are squabbling over whether and when to impeach her after she made a conditional resignation offer this week. If six of the court's nine justices support the impeachment, Park will be officially removed from office.

The South Korean parliament was set to vote on Friday on whether she should be impeached.

Without the support from the People's Party, the Minjoo Party is unable to put forward the impeachment motion as it requires a half support from the 300-seat parliament.

"I will step down from my position according to the law once a way is formed to pass on the administration in a stable manner that will also minimize political unrest and vacuum after ruling and opposition parties' discussion", she stated.

"This is nothing but a sly trick to avoid impeachment", said Youn Kwan-suk, a spokesman for the main opposition Democratic Party. Discussions to devolve some of the president's regal powers must continue, but they can not be allowed to deteriorate into giving Park a face-saving way out of office.

The non-pro-Park lawmakers aligned itself with the majority and agreed to abandon its push for a time-consuming impeachment process.

The memory of the father, who seized power in an army coup and ruled with an iron fist, dogged Park, with critics accusing her of inheriting her father's intolerance of dissents.

Although unlikely, legislative squabbling could even allow Park to limp across the finish line of her single five-year term in early 2018.

However, the opposition bloc's next biggest seat-holder - the People's Party - broke ranks by urging a delay, with a spokesperson conceding that it was "effectively impossible for the motion to be passed" this week.

A presidential official said that the embattled president appears to have chose to leave her fate at the legislature's discretion last weekend when some 1.5 million people took to the streets in central Seoul to call for her resignation amid opposition parties' push for her impeachment.

Culture Minister Cho Yoon-sun, right, gives a briefing on ministerial projects linked to presidential friend Choi Soon-sil and her aides to lawmakers in the National Assembly as the parliamentary investigation into Choi-gate kicked off on Wednesday.

Protesters shout slogans during a rally calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

She has denied wrongdoing but acknowledged she would need to step down to end the turmoil, amid a series of large protests bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the streets of Seoul on Saturdays.

Related News:

  • Wife of Putin Spokesman Debuts Holocaust-Themed Skating Routine

    Wife of Putin Spokesman Debuts Holocaust-Themed Skating Routine

    He also is, in fact, Jewish himself and had said he encountered problems with his Jewish name during his childhood. Navka's participation drew extra criticism since her husband is a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin .

    Patriots' Tom Brady turns in vintage effort for 200th career win

    Brandon Marshall's first touchdown catch since October 9 against Pittsburgh gave NY a 10-0 lead 4 seconds into the second quarter. Brady turned the fourth down into a dish off to James White, who fought for the first down. "He's been making big plays for us".

    Trump's health appointee stokes Medicare privatization worries

    The GOP has yet to unveil a detailed proposal on how it intends to replace Obamacare , the newspaper notes. In 2013, Price introduced the first iteration of H.R. 2300, the Empowering Patients First Act .
  • Malcolm Turnbull triumphs on union bill but is betrayed on backpacker tax

    Malcolm Turnbull triumphs on union bill but is betrayed on backpacker tax

    Australian Chamber chief executive James Pearson said taxpayers and workers will benefit, as well contractors in the industry. The government is accused by opponents of unfairly targeting unions for ideological reasons.

    ISIS 'Soldier' Behind Ohio Attack, Amaq Says

    They are also looking into a Facebook post allegedly written by him from that same morning about USA interference in Muslim lands. Artan called al-Awlaki a "hero" in a Facebook message US investigators believe he posted under a slightly different name.
    Putin: 'We Are Ready for Cooperation' With US

    Putin: 'We Are Ready for Cooperation' With US

    Lavrov said that Moscow was also in talks with armed rebel groups to look for a solution to the conflict. Russian Federation will continue to build its future without others telling it what to do, he said.
  • Samsung considers splitting in two after pressure from activist investor

    But it's also struggling with the issue of family succession in a very traditional family-run South Korean company. Samsung also said work was underway with outside advisers to review optimal corporate structure .

    Indian Forces, Militants Trade Fire in Kashmir

    It was the most audacious attack on an Indian military base since a September 18 assault at an army base in the town of Uri. Seven Indian soldiers, including two officers, were killed when armed men attacked an army base in Indian-occupied Kashmir.
    Jill Stein files for recount in MI

    Jill Stein files for recount in MI

    The order for a December 5 hearing came a day after the campaign of failed Green Party candidate Jill Stein filed the request. Many of Hillary Clinton's supporters have given their backing to the Green party candidate's fundraising efforts.
  • Halo Wars 2 Raises The Stakes With Latest Story Cinematic

    Halo Wars 2 Raises The Stakes With Latest Story Cinematic

    The news Halo Wars: Definitive Edition would be bundled with Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition was revealed at E3 2016 in June . People who pre-order the Ultimate Edition will receive early access to the Definitive Edition starting December 20.
    Delhi Police files FIRs — Rahul's Twitter hack

    Delhi Police files FIRs — Rahul's Twitter hack

    During the meet, Gandhi even pointed out that there is an increase terror attack and ceasefire violations. Congress Parliamentary Party meet which was being chaired by Rahul Gandhi for the first time, ends.
    Forecast says 'Sunny' for Tuesday through next Monday

    Forecast says 'Sunny' for Tuesday through next Monday

    Rain showers are likely before 4 a.m. overnight, then rain and snow showers are likely, the service says. Temperatures will peak at about 39 and southwest winds up to 15 miles per hour can be expected.

Most liked

Rogue One Cast To Appear Exclusively On Jimmy Kimmel Live
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tells the tale of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. However, it has since been revealed that this " Star Wars " prequel will not have a follow-up film .

Companies will be punished for leaving US
That deal includes a state incentive package of about $7 million over multiple years, Bloomberg Business reported . The Milwaukee-based firm has a ball-bearing factory about one mile away from the Indianapolis Carrier plant.

Putin says Russian Federation will defend its interests, is not seeking enemies
Russian Federation will continue to build its future without others telling it what to do, he said. CNN's Jill Dougherty reported from Moscow and Laura Smith-Spark wrote and reported from London.

Jurors to get testimony transcripts
The defense contends that Slager only fired his gun because he feared for his life after Scott wrestled away the officer's Taser. In a news conference during deliberations, Scott family attorney Chris Stewart said: "It's up to the jury and God right now".