South Korean President Park Geun-Hye Scandal: Resignation Pressure by Hundreds of Thousands of Protesters

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South Korean President Park Geun-Hye Scandal: Resignation Pressure by Hundreds of Thousands of Protesters

Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched to urge South Korean President Park Geun-Hye to step down from presidency following her political corruption scandal. For the first time in South Korean history, a sitting president will be questioned over a criminal case.

Park is deemed unfit to rule by South Korean citizens because of a political scandal that involves her sharing documents with confidante Choi Soon-sil and letting her meddle with state affairs. That is despite Choi not having any right to do so as she is not holding an official government position.

Moreover, the political corruption scandal includes investigations of Park imposing indecent pressure to “chaebols,” or business conglomerate bosses, in order to raise funds for two foundations with Choi, who has denied the accusations.

Choi a religious leader of a movement called Eternal Life Church. The religious community stems from a mix of Christianity, Buddhism and shamanism. The founder of the movement is Choi’s father, who is a close friend of Park’s father. A Korea expert from University of South Carolina, David Kang, calls Park and Choi’s connection like “Rasputin and Park Geunhye is just the puppet.”

First Time In South Korean History

Choi will face fraud charges and abuse of power while Park is invited by prosecutors for questioning. It is the first time for a South Korean president to be questioned for any criminal case while currently in office.

Park had given a public apology twice after admitting that she shared some documents with her confidante Choi. However, it is not enough for the people of the Republic of South Korea. Hundreds of thousands have marched on Saturday in the city capital of Seoul to get their voices heard.

A spokesman of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said that the president have “heard the voices of the people” following the massive protest which is considered one of South Korea’s largest public protest in decades.

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