November 28, 2016 13:15
Veteran politicians led by former National Assembly Speaker Park Gwan-yong on Sunday urged President Park Geun-hye to step down by April to overcome the crisis resulting from the scandal that has engulfed her.
They also called for a new, non-partisan prime minister to be appointed and the Constitution to be revised so that some of the president's sweeping executive powers are devolved to parliament.
The elder politicians gathered in a hotel in Seoul for a four-hour meeting before offering a series of proposals that included the April deadline.
They also called on the National Assembly to pick a neutral prime minister to whom the president must delegate most of her powers.
"According to the Constitution, a presidential election must be held within 60 days of the office becoming vacant," the former speaker said. "If the political parties are to prepare for the election, we have no choice but to wait until April."
The proposals also include a revising the Constitution, saying that an "imperial presidency" is at the core of the current political crisis.
"The ruling and opposition parties agree in principle that to prevent the recurrence of the current situation, efforts must be made to change the power structure that heavily focuses on the president," said Kim Won-ki, another former National Assembly speaker.
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