South Korean PM nominee says president can be subject to investigation

Protesters hold placards reading "Park Guen-Hye resign!" as they stand in Gwanghwamun square in central Seoul.
Protesters hold placards reading "Park Guen-Hye resign!" as they stand in Gwanghwamun square in central Seoul.PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea's new prime minister nominee said on Thursday (Nov 3) that it is his view that the country's president can be subject to prosecutors' ongoing investigation into an influence peddling scandal.

No sitting South Korean president has been subject to an investigation by prosecutors.

Some opposition lawmakers have said the ongoing investigation should extend to President Park Geun Hye.

"My position is an investigation is possible. But since (she) is the head of state, its process and method requires circumspection," Mr Kim Byong Joon told a press conference.

His comment comes a day after Ms Park named him to be the next prime minister, as part of a broader cabinet reshuffle.