No One Seems to Agree on When President Park Should Resign
SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Yonhap) -- The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday urged parliament to promptly carry out cross-party negotiations to decide when and how President Park Geun-hye will resign over a high-profile corruption scandal involving herself and her longtime friend.
Earlier this week, the embattled leader pledged to bow out in accordance with a timetable and procedures which she asked the National Assembly to set up in a way that minimizes any vacuum in state affairs.
"We hope the National Assembly will swiftly hold discussions (on the timetable and procedures for Park's resignation)," Jung Youn-kun, presidential spokesman, told reporters.'
Despite Park's call on the legislature to determine her fate, opposition parties have dug in their heels, vowing to close ranks and push for Park's impeachment.
The ruling Saenuri Party, however, decided to push for Park's resignation by the end of April next year with the presidential election to follow two months later.
In response, Cheong Wa Dae called on the rival parties to negotiate the timeline for her resignation.
In the morning, Rep. Kim Moo-sung, a former Saenuri head and prominent rival of Park within the party, held talks with Choo Mi-ae, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Party, to try to close the gap between the two sides. But they failed to agree, as Kim expressed his intention to time Park's resignation for the end of April next year, while Choo said Park must step down by the end of January.