Unofficial translation of President Park Geun-hye's statement

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : November 29, 2016, 16:39 | Updated : November 29, 2016, 16:39
This is an unofficial translation of a statement issued by President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday:

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Dear fellow citizens,

I would like to make a sincere apology once again for all the worries I have induced because of my fault.

Having seen the grief and pain of the people, I wish to make a hundred apologies if I could make things right.  My heart is breaking down even more when I think that I cannot relieve all their disappointment and anger. 

My fellow citizens,

When I look back, I feel grateful for the precious journey I've made together with the people in the past 18 years.

From the day I started my career as a politician back in 1998 and until now as the President, I have thrown all my effort into serving our people and the country. Not for a single moment, I have neither sought any personal gains nor had any ulterior motive.

Various problems have surfaced while I was carrying out state projects for the good of the country, and  I did not take any personal profit. However, it was my terrible fault that I could not properly manage those around me. 

I will make a full explanation about the recent incident in the near future.

My fellow citizens!

At a time when we are faced with a difficult situation at home and abroad,  I have spent many sleepless nights thinking over and over about what I should do to bring the best result for our people and country.

Hereby, I would like to clarify my decision. I will let the National Assembly determine my fate including the reduction of my presidential term.

I will step down from the presidency according to a timetable and legal procedures if the ruling and the opposition parties work out ways to minimize an administrative vacuum and disturbances in state affairs and to transfer power in a stable manner.

Now, I have taken my minds off everything. All I wish is that the Republic of Korea will get out of chaos as soon as possible and find back its track.

Once again, I would like to extend my sincere apology to the people, and I urge the political community to gather its wisdom for the bright future of our nation.

Aju News Park Sae-jin = swatchsjp@ajunews.com
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