Presidential Chief of Staff Han Gwang-ok sought to arrange a meeting among President Park Geun-hye and the leaders of the rival parties only to be met with rejection from the opposition camp.
During his meeting with ruling Saenuri Party Chairman Lee Jung-hyun at the party's headquarters in Seoul Monday, the chief of staff revealed the offer, suggesting that the president could visit the National Assembly for the meeting.
Han said that the top office acknowledges that there were procedural issues in the nomination of Kim Byong-joon in that the opposition parties were not given prior notice. He said, however, the matter can be discussed at the envisioned dialogue.
Han then visited minor opposition People's Party Floor Leader Park Jie-won and asked for cooperation in holding the proposed meeting and in ratifying Kim's nomination. Park refused the offer, saying that he will not take part in the meeting until the president withdraws her PM nomination and leaves the Saenuri Party.
Han also sought to meet with main opposition Democratic Party(DP) Chairwoman Choo Mi-ae on Monday but the meeting didn't take place as the DP leadership refused to sit down with Han unless the president cancels Kim Byong-joon's nomination. The DP leader also demanded the president to hand over the power to run state affairs to a prime minister recommended by parliament.
Source: KBS World Radio