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    South Korean Opposition Expects to Vote on President's Impeachment on Friday

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    Several South Korean opposition parties are going to initiate an impeachment procedure of President Park Geun-hye on Friday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — Three South Korean opposition parties expect to initiate a voting procedure on the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye on Friday amid a scandal around her close friend and "shadow adviser" Choi Soon-sil, media reported on Tuesday.

    Earlier in the day Park Geun-hye said in a speech that she was ready to resign if the parliament worked out a safe power transition procedure.

    "The speech lacked self-reflection and repentance. What people want is her immediate resignation, not dragging it out and passing the responsibility to the parliament," Youn Kwan-suk, the spokesman of the main opposition Democratic Party, was quoted as saying by South Korean Yonhap News Agency.

    Youn added that the party would put the motion up for a parliamentary vote on Friday.

    Political scandal around the president broke out when media reported that Park allowed Choi, who held no official post, to edit her speeches thus letting her influence the country's policy. Moreover, Choi was suspected of pressuring South Korean big corporations and extorting money from them for her noncommercial funds. A total of $70 million was transferred to the bank accounts of these funds.

    Choi was officially charged on November 20 and the prosecution said that the president was also involved in the scandal. As a result, thousands of people took to the streets demanding the president's resignation.

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