South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, under fire in what critics are calling the nation's biggest-ever political scandal, seems to be digging herself into a deeper hole.
The President replaced her prime minister, finance minister and public safety minister on Wednesday in an attempt to contain public anger over a spiraling corruption scandal that has hit the ruling Saenuri party. But the surprise cabinet reshuffle may do more harm than good.
"Despite her expectations, these snap nominations backfired. Critics angrily charged that the move is part of a strategy to maintain control and does not jive with plans being discussed to form a neutral cabinet with a prime minister empowered to dominant policymaking, with Park taking a back seat," Scott Seaman, senior Asia analyst at Eurasia, explained in a note.
Opposition parties will now likely use their combined majority in the National Assembly to hinder Park's attempts to install her candidates, he continued. Furthermore, Park is essentially powerless to ignore their objections given her current fragile standing, he added.