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South Korea's Park says lawmakers can decide her fate

Apologetic president says her only desire now is that the country breaks free from chaos

November 29, 2016

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Scandal-hit South Korean leader Park Geun-hye said Nov. 29 that she will let lawmakers decide whether she should resign as president.

"I will follow the National Assembly's decision about my course of resignation as the president, including cutting short my remaining term," Park said in a televised address reported The Korea Times.

Catholics have been among the large numbers of angry South Koreans who have been calling for Park to resign after news broke that her friend, Choi Soon-sil, allegedly manipulated the president to gain access to secret documents and purportedly embezzle funds through non-profit foundations.

"When the ruling and opposition parties propose a plan to transfer governing power in a way that can minimize any chaos and power vacuum in state affairs, I will resign from the presidency according to the rules and schedules proposed by the National Assembly," Park said.

"Now, I have laid everything down. My only desire is for South Korea to break away from this chaotic state and return to its original course as soon as possible," said the 64-year-old.

"Once again, I would like to apologize to the citizens and plead that the political circle will combine their wisdom for the hopeful future of South Korea."

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