Leading presidential hopefuls from the opposition camp have urged President Park Geun-hye to establish a neutral Cabinet to lead the country reeling from an escalating scandal involving her close confidant, Choi Soon-sil.
Moon Jae-in, the former chief of the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea issued a statement on Wednesday, saying the president broke down the nation's system with the scandal and the people have strong doubt about whether she can continue to manage state affairs properly.
Moon called on Park to offer a sincere apology and punish those responsible for the case.
He said the president should be investigated by the prosecution, voluntarily, along with others involved in the scandal. Moon added that Park should ask the prosecution to search the presidential office and actively cooperate with any investigation they carry out.
He urged the president to leave the ruling party and establish a neutral Cabinet through discussion with the National Assembly.
Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon also urged the president to replace all of her secretaries and swiftly form a neutral Cabinet. Seongnam Mayor Lee Jae-myung made a similar call adding that the president should step down.
Former co-leader of the minor opposition People's Party Ahn Cheol-soo said during his visit to Changwon National University that unbelievable stories are reported every day and South Korea seems to need to launch a national campaign to save the country.
Source: KBS World Radio