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Park Struggles to Curb Korean Crisis as Allies Urge Action

  • Ruling party to meet opposition to propose neutral cabinet
  • Park shakes up staff as friend apologizes for role in scandal
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Park Struggles to Curb South Korea Crisis

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As South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s popularity plummets, members of her own party are publicly demanding action to staunch the bleeding from an influence-peddling scandal.

The ruling Saenuri Party wants Park to remove the prime minister and several cabinet members, and replace them with neutral appointees approved by lawmakers, spokesman Kim Sung-won said on Sunday. It met Monday with three opposition parties to discuss the proposal, but their discussion ended in 10 minutes after disagreements, Yonhap News reported.