President Park Geun-hye is said to be considering appointing a new prime minister with more authority over state affairs to address the crisis sparked by a scandal surrounding her confidante, Choi Soon-sil.
According to a number of officials at the presidential office, Park is pondering the idea by collecting opinions from various walks of life.
However, an aide rejected the opposition demand that the president take a step back from frontline politics and allow a new prime minister to be appointed at the recommendation of the National Assembly to run the nation, calling it a "de facto demand to step down."
Another official said that giving more authority to a new prime minister would be inevitable, adding that such change would be tantamount to power-sharing between the president and the prime minister.
Source: KBS World Radio