I am giving up everything now.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, battling a corruption scandal, announced in a televised address Tuesday that she was willing to resign and would let the National Assembly decide her fate.
Critics say the announcement was an attempt to ward off a looming impeachment vote. Some lawmakers rejected her proposal and vowed to call for her impeachment on Friday, The New York Times reports.
In a surprise development, South Korea's president Park says she will resign if the national assembly demands it— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) November 29, 2016
This came as a surprise to some reporters.
Last week, more than 1 million protesters marched in Seoul, demanding her resignation.
Even Park's own party, Saenuri, has called for her to resign, calling it an "honorable retreat."
Before Tuesday's speech, Park insisted the scandal was not worth cutting short her term, which is scheduled to end in 2018.
If she does resign, she would be the first South Korean president to do so since 1960, when founding president Syngman Rhee fled to Hawaii amidst a massive uprising.
What's this scandal about?
Park is accused of allowing a personal friend, Choi Soon-sil, to read and alter dozens of policy speeches. Choi, in turn, is accused of using her ties to Park to rake in donations for two nonprofits she runs, and then using those profits for personal use, like her daughter's dressage lessons.
Seoul has been rocked by massive protests for weeks.