Park to Appoint New PM Recommended by Assembly

Anchor: The president has withdrawn her choice for a new prime minister amid rival party disputes over her decision. President Park Geun-hye held talks with the speaker of the National Assembly and asked the nation's lawmakers to propose an alternative.

Kim Bum-soo has the latest development.

Report: President Park Geun-hye has asked the parliament to recommend a new prime minister.

During a meeting with National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun at the parliament on Tuesday, the president announced the withdrawal of her previous prime minister nominee.

[Sound bite: President Park Geun-hye (Korean)]

"I came to meet the speaker since it is my great responsibility to normalize state affairs. If the parliament recommends a good person on a ruling and opposition-reached consensus, that person will be appointed to take full charge of the Cabinet."

Mired in the Choi Soon-sil scandal, the president last week replaced her chief of staff and most of her key aides while nominating Kim Byong-joon, a former chief policy secretary to late President Roh Moo-hyun to lead the Cabinet.

The decision backfired as the opposition criticized that the nomination counters the spirit of creating a bipartisan Cabinet.

Speaker Chung will hold a meeting with the floor leaders of the ruling and opposition parties later in the day at 2 p.m. to discuss the president's decision.

The main opposition Democratic Party had asked the president to withdraw her nomination and entrust the parliament to find a new Cabinet chief. The minor opposition party had additionally demanded the president to leave the ruling party.

As Park left the National Assembly complex after spending some 13 minutes with Chung, angry opposition lawmakers staged a protest, calling for her resignation.

Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.

Source: KBS World Radio