Seoul: South Korean President Park Geun-hye is likely to carry out a sweeping reshuffle of her Cabinet members and senior staff at Cheong Wa Dae within this week, in a move to prevent a further delay in her state reform drive proposed in the wake of the ferry disaster.

Earlier, the president was expected to make a series of replacements after returning from her trip to several Central Asian nations. But Park has decided to speed up the process as she appears to have gained confidence in running state affairs. She has been struggling to regain public support amid growing criticism of Cheong Wa Dae for its mishandling of the disaster that killed nearly 300 in April 16.