South Korean President makes conditional resignation

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South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has said she has asked parliament to help her find a way to stand down.

Ms Park faced growing calls to resign amid an investigation into whether she allowed a long-time friend to influence political decisions for personal gain.

She said she would “leave to parliament everything about my future including shortening of my term”, but did not want to leave a power vacuum.

Parliament is due to discuss on Friday whether she should face impeachment.

Some in the ruling party had said the president should stand down “honourably” before it reached that point. Opposition parties accuse her of now trying to escape impeachment.

Ms Park has apologised twice before, and has said she is “heartbroken” by the political crisis around her, but has refused to stand down.

In Tuesday’s televised address, her third since reports of the scandal began, Ms Park said she would step down “once lawmakers come up with measures to transfer power in a way that minimises any power vacuum and chaos in governance”.

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Robert Ngwira
Attended Our Future Private Secondary School in Rumphi from 2006-2009 Holder of Diploma in Journalism from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) Hobbies, reading newspapers, going out with friends, listening to radio and watching football. Email: info@faceofmalawi.com

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