Opposition Doubtful of Park’s PM Proposition

The ruling Saenuri Party has expressed hope that President Park Geun-hye's proposal for the National Assembly to recommend a prime minister will mark the beginning of resolving the crisis in state affairs.

Yeom Dong-yeol, the party's senior spokesman, said Tuesday that Park met the National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun at the parliament to convey her sincere views on various demands made by the opposition.

Meanwhile, Floor Spokesman Ki Dong-min of the main opposition Democratic Party said that a prime minister recommended by the Assembly can have the power to run state affairs only if the president promises to entrust the prime minister with the right to organize the Cabinet and does not, in the least bit, meddle in state affairs. Ki said productive discussions can be held on the president's proposal only if she offers clarifications on the issue.

The senior spokesman for the minor opposition People's Party, Son Kum-ju, said that the president must first reveal a clear stance on leaving the ruling party and define the powers that the prime minister will have.

Source: KBS World Radio