Impeached South Korean leader Park Geun-hye—who was recently removed from
office amid a corruption scandal—is finally speaking out.
Park, who still faces a trial and the possibility of jail time, said
through a spokesman:
I am sorry that I could not finish the mandate given to me as president. I
will bear with me all the consequences. It will take time, but I believe
the truth will be revealed.
Despite being removed from office, she remained at the presidential
residence for close to 50 hours while her private home was readied. Many
South Koreans pointed to this as evidence the president did not think she
would be impeached.
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Except for some remaining supporters, South Koreans largely celebrated
Park’s ouster over the weekend in what many called a “victory” rally.
correspondent Anna Fifield captured scenes from the candle light rally on
her Instagram account:
Park was accused of colluding with a longtime aide and friend, Choi
Soon-Sil, in pressuring corporations to donate to Choi’s nonprofits.
However, some say that the trail doesn’t lead back to the former president.
Park's main crime was that she ran one of the world's wealthiest nations
based on the advice of a cult brat, who had duped her. Choi touted her
closeness to Park to cajole Korea's business elite (including Samsung heir
Lee Jae-yong, who was
arrested in February) to donate money to dubious charities in exchange for implied presidential
favors. Though a Korean prosecutor
alleged that Park had knowledge of this -- and she may well have -- what is
significant is that the impeachment was pushed through before the
conclusion of the investigation.
How would you advise Park to proceed if you were on her PR team?