Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (November 30, 2016)
1. President Park Geun-hye said she was willing to step down but handed the ball to the National Assembly by letting the Parliament decide on her resignation. South Korea’s political parties are divided over Park’s ambiguous resignation address, which casted doubt that Park did not expect the situation.
She is willing to occupy Cheong Hwa Dae until the National Assembly makes a decision.
2. Koreans did not believe what Park said in a televised address even though she would step down and leave the decision to the National Assembly including the shortening of her presidential term. Many resented that the president did not sincerely accept blame and believed that she tried to take time by passing the ball to the Parliament before impeachment motion.
After listening to her televised address, I felt a sense of shame as I went to Gwanghwamum Square every week. But I will attend the candlelight vigil. No matter what.
3. After President Park’s televised address, three opposition parties condemned Park and decided to move forward with the impeachment motion as planned. The opposition bloc criticized Park, calling it a ploy to escape from impeachment by using Saenuri Party as a shield and she continued to make excuses by ignoring Korea and evading her responsibilities.
Well done. Don’t look back and go as planned.