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Xinhua | Updated:2016-11-03 17:25Protesters wearing cut-out of South Korean President Park Geun-hye (C) and Choi Soon-sil attend a protest denouncing President Park Geun-hye over a recent influence-peddling scandal in central Seoul, South Korea, October 27, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]SEOUL — Calls are mounting for a criminal investigation into South Korean President Park Geun-hye over a scandal surrounding Choi Soon-sil, the presidents longtime confidante suspected of peddling undue influence and pulling strings behind the scenes.
Parks approval rating dropped to 10.9 percent, according to a local pollster Realmeter survey announced on Thursday. It is based on a poll of 1,518 adults conducted from Monday to Wednesday.
Daily support for Park kept falling from 13.4 percent on Monday to 11.1 percent on Tuesday and 10.2 percent on Wednesday each as public views spread that the 60-year-old private citizens intervention in state affairs could not happen without the presidents protection and connivance.
Most shocking was Parks approval rating among those in their 20s that posted 1.6 percent. Support among those in their 30s and 40s tumbled to 3.1 percent and 7.7 percent respectively.
Parks political home turf of South Gyeongsang province recorded 8.6 percent in support for Park, lower than the nationwide average. The number in another support base of North Gyeongsang province stood merely at 14.2 percent.
Amidst the sagging support, demand is increasingly stronger that President Park be investigated by prosecutors over her involvement in the Choi Soon-sil scandal that put the first South Korean female leader in the biggest political crisis.
South Korean Justice Minister Kim Hyun-woong told lawmakers that he would recommend an investigation into President Park after reviewing its necessity and possibility if it is necessary for getting down to bedrock in accordance with the development of the ongoing prosecutors probe into the scandal.
Kim said that if President Park volunteers for it, there would be no limitation to the investigation though he noted that a majority of law experts claim no legal ground for search and seizure toward the president theoretically.
Under the countrys constitution, a president cannot be criminally indicted during his or her presidency except for treason charges. Some of law experts say the president can be investigated on condition that the criminal prosecution is suspended by the end of presidency.
Reversing his Oct. 27 remarks that President Park cannot become a subject of criminal investigation, the justice minister opened the door for a probe into the president amid escalating public furor over the behind-the-curtain big shot.
Kim Byong-joon, the prime minister nominee, told reporters on Thursday that it would be possible for the president to be investigated though there are different interpretations of the constitution, saying all the people are equal under the law.
Kim, who worked as senior presidential policy secretary under the 2003-2007 Roh Moo-hyun administration, was appointed as new prime minister on Wednesday.
Opposition parties have opposed to the appointment as President Park tapped him as the countrys No.2 executive post without any prior notice to or consultations with the parliament.
Scores of ruling Saenuri Party lawmakers, members of non-President Park faction within the party, have called on all of the party leadership to voluntarily resign to take responsibility for the political crisis.
Public support for the main opposition Minjoo Party increased to 33.5 percent this week from 29.6 percent tallied on Oct. 24. The rating for Saenuri Party tumbled from 29.2 percent to 20.7 percent in the same period.Related StoriesS.Korean president names new chief of staff, secretary on political affairsScandal of S. Korean presidents confidante to transform political landscapeSouth Korean presidents confidante placed under emergency detentionConfidante of S.Korean president summoned on alleged intervention in state affairsConfidantes intervention in state affairs puts S. Korean president in crisisS. Korean president reshuffles senior advisors on confidante scandalPhotoItalian authorities vow to rebuild earthquake-hit areasSyrian army announces humanitarian pause on FridayObamas host White House Halloween for childrenPolice swoop on Paris migrant camp after Calais Jungle clearoutThe World in photos: Oct 24 – 30Strongest quake in decades hits central Italy, devastating historic buildingsMost Viewed in 24 HoursWeekly PhotoThe World in photos: Oct 24 – 30NewsmakerTV series explores ecology of ChinaTwo billion children breathe bad air: UNICEF reportSpecialPremier Li visits four Eurasian countriesPresident Xi visits Cambodia, BangladeshReporters JournalSun Yat-sens memory unites Chinese on national rejuvenation, unificationFrom street food to museums, Chinese food hot in the USChina-JapanJapans defense white paper makes irresponsible accusations against ChinaChina-USWoman reunited with Chinese rescuer 71 years onChina-EuropeGroundbreaking early photographs of Shanghai head for LondonChina-AfricaNew Zanzibar hospital funded by ChinaBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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