Rival parties have given mixed responses to President Park Geun-hye's order on Friday directing all her senior secretaries to resign.
The ruling Saenuri Party welcomed the decision, saying a reshuffle of presidential aides was expected. The opposition bloc said the decision came too late, adding that it should not be a stopgap measure and also called for a Cabinet reshuffle.
The Saenuri's chief floor spokesman Kim Myung-yeon said his party trusted there would be an outcome of the president's earlier remark that she is "contemplating" the ruling bloc's proposal asking for a personnel reshuffle at the top office.
Kim said in response to the opposition's criticism that President Park needed time to grasp the circumstances of the situation and give more consideration to the scope and level of a reshuffle.
Regarding the operations of parliament, the spokesman said it's not right for all state affairs to come to a standstill and get sucked into the black hole that is the Choi Soon-sil scandal.
He said that as next year's budget deliberations are ongoing at various parliamentary committees, the National Assembly must stop political wrangling and focus on its duties.
The chief spokesman of the main opposition Democratic Party, Youn Kwan-suk, meanwhile said the scandal can't be considered wrapped up just by replacing one or two presidential secretaries.
He called for an all-out replacement and named five aides who must go: Woo Byung-woo, Lee Jae-man, Jeong Ho-sung, Ahn Bong-geun and Ahn Jong-beom.
Youn said that people who committed illegal acts must be thoroughly punished and therefore what he called the "Choi Soon-sil Cabinet" should also be held accountable and replaced.
Writing on social media, minor opposition People's Party interim Chairman Park Jie-won also said the president's order for her top secretaries to resign is belated but a good decision.
He said a "partial liquidation" cannot ease public anger and instead called for a full resignation of the entire Cabinet, Park's departure from the Saenuri Party, the establishment of a neutral Cabinet and a thorough investigation and punishment of Choi. The chairman said that most importantly, the president should be willing to be questioned herself.
Source: KBS World Radio