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South Korea president accepts justice minister's resignation

  • FILE - In this March 3, 2016 file, South Korean President Pak Geun-hye, left, looks at Justice Minister Kim Hyun-woong signing the agreement with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the presidential house in Seoul. South Korea's embattled president has accepted the resignation of her justice minister, the latest in a series of personnel reshuffles she's made amid a political scandal that's threatening her leadership. (Jeon Heon-kyun/Pool Photo via AP, File)

    FILE - In this March 3, 2016 file, South Korean President Pak Geun-hye, left, looks at Justice Minister Kim Hyun-woong signing the agreement with Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at the presidential house in Seoul. South Korea's embattled president has accepted the resignation of her justice minister, the latest in a series of personnel reshuffles she's made amid a political scandal that's threatening her leadership. (Jeon Heon-kyun/Pool Photo via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 18, 2016 file photo, South Korean Justice Minister Kim Hyun-woong bows to the nation during the Legislation and Judiciary committee at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea after senior South Korean prosecutor Jin Kyung-joon, vice ministerial-level official, was arrested for allegedly pocketing millions of dollars following shady stock transaction deals with a leading online game maker. South Korea's embattled president has accepted the resignation of Justice Minister Kim, the latest in a series of personnel reshuffles she's made amid a political scandal that's threatening her leadership. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

    FILE - In this July 18, 2016 file photo, South Korean Justice Minister Kim Hyun-woong bows to the nation during the Legislation and Judiciary committee at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea after senior South Korean prosecutor Jin Kyung-joon, vice ministerial-level official, was arrested for allegedly pocketing millions of dollars following shady stock transaction deals with a leading online game maker. South Korea's embattled president has accepted the resignation of Justice Minister Kim, the latest in a series of personnel reshuffles she's made amid a political scandal that's threatening her leadership. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Korean Justice Minister Kim Hyun-woong, right, is questioned by reporters at the Ministry of Justice in Gwacheon, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. South Korea's embattled president accepted the resignation of her justice minister on Monday, the latest in a series of personnel reshuffles she's made amid a political scandal that's threatening her leadership. (Choi Jae-gu/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT

    South Korean Justice Minister Kim Hyun-woong, right, is questioned by reporters at the Ministry of Justice in Gwacheon, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. South Korea's embattled president accepted the resignation of her justice minister on Monday, the latest in a series of personnel reshuffles she's made amid a political scandal that's threatening her leadership. (Choi Jae-gu/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT  (The Associated Press)

South Korea's embattled president has accepted the resignation of her justice minister, the latest in a series of personnel reshuffles she's made amid a political scandal that's threatening her leadership.

Justice Minister Kim Hyun-woong and a senior presidential adviser offered to resign last week after prosecutors directly linked President Park Geun-hye to alleged misdeeds by her jailed confidante at the center of the scandal.

Park's office said Monday she's accepted Kim's resignation but withheld the one by her adviser.

Park has already fired eight of her presidential aides and nominated a new prime minister to try to regain public trust. But South Koreans have rallied in Seoul for five straight weekends, calling for her ouster.

Main opposition parties will meet Wednesday to determine when to push for Park's parliamentary impeachment.