MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The justice minister and senior aide, who assisted the president in law enforcement affairs, offered to resign last week amid the influence-peddling scandal.
The justice ministry said it would hold a ceremony to mark Kim's departure on Tuesday. Vice Minister Kim Hyun-Woong will assume responsibility until a successor is chosen, the Yonhap news agency reported.
The situation had already cause large-scale protests demanding Park to resign. On November 20, the Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office filed formal charges against Choi and two of Park's former aides and stated that Park was suspected of being an accomplice in the conspiracy. The South Korean parliament is expected to discuss the president's impeachment in the beginning of December. The presidential office has declared the investigation to be politically biased.