South Korea's president offered to relinquish post

South Korea's president offered to relinquish postSouth Korean President has announced to step down leaving National Assembly to make a decision amid a political scandal, DW.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday said she was willing to step down before the end of her five-year single term, but let the fate of her presidency to parliament.

"I will leave the issue of my departure, including the reduction of my term in office, to a decision by the National Assembly," Park said in a televised speech.

"Once lawmakers come up with measures to transfer power in a way that minimizes any power vacuum and chaos in governance, I will step down," she added.

Park's presidency has been rocked by a political scandal involving her longtime confidant Choi Soon-sil, who was indicted earlier this month for interfering in state affairs and directing funds to her non-profit organizations for her personal use.

While Park signaled her intention to cooperate with the National Assembly, the opposition described it as a ploy to avoid impeachment.

"She is handing the ball to parliament, when she could simply step down," said Democratic Party lawmaker Park Kwang-on.

"She is asking the parliament to pick a date for her to resign, which she knows would lead to a discussion on when to hold the presidential election and delay everything," he added.
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