South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday asked parliament to find a way for her to give up power and decide when she should step down amid an influence-peddling scandal, but the opposition said she was just trying to avoid impeachment.
Park, 64, had apologized twice previously but until now resisted mounting public calls to quit, even as lawmakers readied to mount impeachment proceedings.
"I will leave to parliament everything about my future including shortening of my term," she said in a brief televised speech.
"I will step down from my position according to the law once a way is formed to pass on the administration in a stable manner that will also minimize political unrest and vacuum after ruling and opposition parties' discussion."
The main opposition Democratic Party rejected Park's offer, calling it a ploy to escape being impeached, Yonhap news agency said.
Park Kwang-on, a Democratic Party lawmaker, said it looked like she was trying to delay proceedings. "She is handing the ball to parliament, when she could simply step down," he said.
"She is asking the parliament to pick a date for her to resign, which she knows would lead to a discussion on when to hold the presidential election and delay everything."