Op­po­si­tion re­jects pres­i­dent’s cri­sis rem­edy

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SOUTH Korean op­po­si­tion par­ties yes­ter­day re­jected Pres­i­dent Park Ge­un­hye’s of­fer to share power to over­come a crip­pling cri­sis, call­ing in ef­fect for a care­taker govern­ment.

In a ma­jor climb­down forced by a crip­pling cor­rup­tion scan­dal, Ms Park had agreed to dump her nom­i­nee for prime min­is­ter, and ac­cept one cho­sen by the op­po­si­tion-con­trolled parliament.

But op­po­si­tion par­ties said Ms Park’s of­fer was too “am­bigu­ous”, urg­ing her to guar­an­tee the new prime min­is­ter would be given a com­pletely free hand in se­lect­ing cabi­net min­is­ters, han­dling state af­fairs and func­tion­ing with­out any in­ter­fer­ence.

“It’s not even worth con­sid­er­a­tion,” the coun­try’s three op­po­si­tion par­ties said in a joint press state­ment yes­ter­day.

Ms Park has come un­der mount­ing pres­sure to step down over the scan­dal in­volv­ing a close friend, Choi Soon-sil, who has been ar­rested on charges of fraud in­volv­ing mil­lions of dol­lars and abuse of power.

The charges re­late to al­le­ga­tions that Ms Choi lever­aged her per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with Ms Park to co­erce do­na­tions from large com­pa­nies like Sam­sung to non-profit foun­da­tions which she set up and used for per­sonal gain.

She is also ac­cused of in­ter­fer­ing in govern­ment af­fairs, in­clud­ing in the nom­i­na­tion of se­nior of­fi­cials.

Lurid re­ports of the un­healthy in­flu­ence Ms Choi wielded over Ms Park have sent the pres­i­dent’s ap­proval rat­ings plung­ing to record lows and trig­gered mass street protests call­ing on her to re­sign.

Park Jie-won, pres­i­dent of the coun­try’s sec­ond op­po­si­tion party, the Peo­ple’s Party, said the pres­i­dent is re­sort­ing to a di­vide-and-rule tac­tic, sow­ing seeds of dis­cord among her op­po­nents and let­ting them fight among them­selves over who should be the next prime min­is­ter.

The pres­i­den­tial Blue House said yes­ter­day that the pres­i­dent is sin­cere in her of­fer to share power with op­po­si­tion par­ties, call­ing for a meeting with heads of both rul­ing and op­po­si­tion par­ties to dis­cuss de­tails. –

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