SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye says political deadlock is hampering the formation of her new government at a time of nuclear tension with North Korea and widespread economic worries.
Park gave a heated speech on national television Monday, a week after she became the country's first female president. She expressed frustration as opposition lawmakers block government restructuring plans that Park says are meant to strengthen national competiveness and create more jobs.
Lawmakers have also failed to set a date for confirmation hearings for some of her Cabinet appointments. Some argue that her restructuring plan is meant to control the media.
Frustration over the parliamentary deadlock was cited by a Korean-American entrepreneur nominated to Park's Cabinet who offered Monday to withdraw from consideration.
Park took no questions after her speech.
Obama: Oh no, the Failure of Obamacare Doesn't Reflect my Management Style at All | Sarah Jean Seman
Zero: The Number of Times Obama Met With Sebelius One-On-One Between July 2010 and November 2013 | Daniel Doherty
Obama Administration About to Give "Kill As Many Eagles as You Want" Pass to Wind Farms | Katie Pavlich