Main opposition Democratic Party Chairwoman Choo Mi-ae has canceled a planned meeting with President Park Geun-hye following strong protests from party members.
Choo proposed a surprise one-on-one meeting with the president early Monday morning, reportedly without sufficient consultations with other members of the party leadership.
The DP leader said after a meeting of party lawmakers late Monday evening that she decided to respect the will of the party members who are opposed to the meeting. She told reporters that party legislators also reached an agreement that the president should step down.
On why she proposed the meeting with Park, the DP chairwoman said that she wanted to accurately deliver the public's demand for the president's resignation, calling it her duty as the leader of the main opposition party. She also pointed to the president's failure to understand the people's demands as shown in her two previous statements regarding the Choi Soon-sil scandal.
During the meeting of DP lawmakers, they criticized the proposed talks, saying it runs counter to the public's overwhelming call for the president's resignation. Choo's proposal also provoked an angry response from minor opposition parties and civic groups who have been campaigning to oust her from office.
Meanwhile, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae responded with a mixture of embarrassment and disappointment over the cancellation of the meeting.
Choo and Park were scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Cheong Wa Dae.
Source: KBS World Radio