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SKorean president to 'calmly' accept impeachment outcome

  • Protesters supporting South Korean President Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a rally opposing the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in front of the ruling Saenuri Party headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. South Korea is entering potentially one of the most momentous weeks in its recent political history, with impeachment looming for Park as ruling party dissenters align with the opposition in a strengthening effort to force her out. The letters read "Oppose the impeachment. " (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Protesters supporting South Korean President Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a rally opposing the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in front of the ruling Saenuri Party headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. South Korea is entering potentially one of the most momentous weeks in its recent political history, with impeachment looming for Park as ruling party dissenters align with the opposition in a strengthening effort to force her out. The letters read "Oppose the impeachment. " (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters supporting South Korean President Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a rally opposing the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in front of the ruling Saenuri Party headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. South Korea is entering potentially one of the most momentous weeks in its recent political history, with impeachment looming for Park as ruling party dissenters align with the opposition in a strengthening effort to force her out. The letters read "Oppose the impeachment. " (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Protesters supporting South Korean President Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a rally opposing the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in front of the ruling Saenuri Party headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. South Korea is entering potentially one of the most momentous weeks in its recent political history, with impeachment looming for Park as ruling party dissenters align with the opposition in a strengthening effort to force her out. The letters read "Oppose the impeachment. " (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

  • A protester supporting South Korean President Park Geun-hye weeps as she listens to the national anthem during a rally opposing the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in front of the ruling Saenuri Party headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. South Korea is entering potentially one of the most momentous weeks in its recent political history, with impeachment looming for Park as ruling party dissenters align with the opposition in a strengthening effort to force her out. The letters read "Oppose the impeachment. " (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    A protester supporting South Korean President Park Geun-hye weeps as she listens to the national anthem during a rally opposing the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in front of the ruling Saenuri Party headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. South Korea is entering potentially one of the most momentous weeks in its recent political history, with impeachment looming for Park as ruling party dissenters align with the opposition in a strengthening effort to force her out. The letters read "Oppose the impeachment. " (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

South Korean lawmakers say President Park Geun-hye is willing to "calmly" accept impeachment if the opposition-controlled parliament votes for her removal this week, but prefers to resign on her own terms.

Chung Jinsuk, floor leader of the conservative ruling party, said Tuesday after an hour-long meeting with Park that she was willing to accept a now-withdrawn proposal by the party for her to voluntarily step down in April to set up a presidential election in June.

Lee Jeong-hyeon, a ruling party lawmaker who attended the meeting, says it seems that Park hopes lawmakers will accept her resignation rather than push ahead with an attempt to impeach her.

Park has been accused of helping a close confidante extort from companies and manipulate state affairs.