The impeachment of South Korea's embattled President Park Geun-Hye in a snowballing corruption case inched closer Monday, November 21, when the main opposition party said it was examining its options.
The move comes the day after prosecutors named Park a criminal suspect in a major influence-peddling case, tightening the noose on an already hugely unpopular leader.
"We will immediately review the timing and methods of impeachment and set up a subcommittee to review a push for impeachment," said Choo Mi-Ae, head of the opposition liberal Democratic Party.
Two smaller opposition parties have already said they will seek to remove her.
Lawmakers have been under growing public pressure to oust Park, with weekly mass protests drawing hundreds of thousands of protestors across the country.
But with impeachment proceedings likely to drag on for months, the Democratic Party has been reluctant to move because of fears of a backlash from conservative voters.
On Sunday, November 20, Seoul prosecutors said Park had conspired with her long-lasting companion, Choi Soon-Sil, who is blamed for forcing more than $60 million from nearby firms and interfering in state undertakings.
Stop's single, 5-year term closes in February 2018, and spectators say she is probably going to do everything she can to serve out her time in light of the fact that a sitting president can't be accused of a criminal offense with the exception of rebellion or conspiracy.
The three restriction parties hold a consolidated 55% of parliamentary seats – shy of the 2/3 dominant part required to pass a denunciation charge.
However, many legislators in Park's own particular gathering promised Sunday to bolster a push for her reprimand, careful about developing open outrage about the embarrassment