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South Korea's ruling pary: Park will quit in April

Reporter: Xu Zhen 丨 CCTV.com

12-07-2016 14:24 BJT

South Korean lawmakers say President Park Geun-hye was willing to accept impeachment if the opposition-controlled parliament voted for her removal this week but would prefer to resign on her own terms.

“I told the President Park Geun-hye that we can follow the impeachment process as the Constitution says and, as a floor leader, I will let the members of the independent constitutional organization vote according to their free will. The president nodded and showed signs of acceptance,” said Chung Jin-suk, Floor leader of the Saenuri Party.

The official also said Park was willing to accept a now-withdrawn proposal to voluntarily step down in April with presidential elections following in June.

Party leader Lee Jung-hyun then relayed a message from Park asking members to accept her resignation rather than push ahead with an attempt to impeach her. Lee said resignation would “ensure a stable transfer of power.”

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