South Korean president orders senior secretaries to resign

This move comes amid an investigation that President Park Geun-hye let an old friend and daughter of a religious cult leader to interfere in important state affairs.

Published:October 29, 2016 7:56 am
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, south korea senior secretaries resign, world news, indian express, South Korean President Park Geun-hye addresses the nation at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has ordered 10 of her senior secretaries to resign amid an investigation that she let an old friend and daughter of a religious cult leader to interfere in important state affairs. The announcement by Park’s office came on the eve of large anti-government protests planned in Seoul on Saturday over the scandal that is likely to deepen the president’s lame duck status ahead of next year’s elections.

Park has been facing calls to reshuffle her office after she admitted on Tuesday that she provided longtime friend Choi Soon-sil drafts of her speeches for editing.

There’s also media speculation that Choi, who holds no government job, meddled in government decisions and exploited her ties with Park to misappropriate funds from nonprofit organizations.