South Korea’s ruling party has asked scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye to step down in April 2017, giving her a week to accept their ultimatum or risk impeachment.
Park this week said she would be willing to step down early, after coming under huge pressure to quit over an influence-peddling scandal that has drawn more than a million people onto the streets in protest.
The ruling Saenuri Party’s 128 lawmakers unanimously agreed to demand park resign in late April and called for a presidential election to be held in June, six months earlier than scheduled.
The party considered the timetable the most appropriate to ensure a peaceful transfer of power, maintain stability and give political parties time to prepare for the presidential election.
Massive weekly protests have been intensifying over the past month, with up to 1.5 million people braving freezing temperatures in Seoul on Saturday to demand park’s resignation, according to organisers.