MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On October 24, the JTBC television network reported that Choi had been allegedly receiving drafts of Park’s speeches before they were publicly delivered, even though she had never held a public post. The following day, Park officially admitted asking Choi for advice on speeches and public relations issues, and apologized for "causing public concern."
"Park should immediately step down. The president has lost her authority and the trust [of the people]," the mayor said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.
The scandal and the drastically falling level of support for the president have already caused a reshuffle of the government. Earlier in the day, Kim Byong-joon, adviser of former South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun, was appointed as the new prime minister. Park also decided to appoint head of the Financial Services Commission Yim Jong-yong as the new South Korean finance minister.