Leading presidential hopefuls from the opposition camp have urged President Park Geun-hye to step down and Prime Minister nominee Kim Byong-joon to reject his nomination.
Moon Jae-in, former chief of the main opposition Democratic Party, said during a meeting with senior social leaders in Seoul on Monday, that the president should decide to end the vacuum and chaos as soon as possible in light of the people's wishes.
In a social media post, South Chungcheong Governor An Hee-jung called on the president to admit that her term has virtually ended and to cooperate with parliament on the management of state affairs. He also asked the ruling Saenuri Party to replace its leadership and work with the opposition.
Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon urged opposition parties to actively join public outcry for the president's resignation.
Former coleader of the minor opposition People's Party Ahn Cheol-soo said during a meeting with chiefs of the party's local chapters that if things remain unchanged for the next 14 months, South Korea will face a bigger crisis. He stressed that the president's resignation is the only way to fundamentally resolve problems and end the confusion quickly.
Source: KBS World Radio