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Ousted President Park Denounces Court Decision

By March 15, 2017 at 1:36 am
President Park Geun-hye did not accept the court decision (Photo : Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Siemens AG)

Former President Park Geun-Hye has left Cheong Wa Dae and has returned to her home in southern Seoul on Sunday. She was forced to leave her position after the court upheld her impeachment.

The former head-of-state left the presidential office at 7:16 p.m. Before she left, she bid farewell to presidential secretaries by having tea with them. She also said her goodbyes to about 500 staffers.

Former President Park also said that she did not accept the court's decision to uphold her impeachment. "The truth will be revealed without fail," she added.

Her limousine was escorted by police cars and motorcycles as she headed to her private residence in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul. She entered her house without any comment but Rep. Min Kyung-Wook, a former Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson, came and read her statement.

"I'm sorry for failing to fulfill my duty as president," former President Park said. "I thank you for your support. I'll bear everything. I believe that the truth will be revealed without fail, although it will take time."

Her first message after the court ruling was met with disappointment as many expected that she would acknowledge the decision. This would have helped calm her angry supporters and fix the national division between liberals and conservatives caused by the corruption scandal.

The main opposition Democratic Party of Korea noted that Park seemed to have rejected the court decision with her statement. The minor opposition, People's Party, agreed, saying that "the former President fails to realize her wrongdoing even after being impeached for the first time in the nation's history."

It was previously reported that President Park's ousting has prompted a race on who will next lead the country. The Constitution states that South Korea will need to have a presidential election within 60 days after the previous president has been ousted.

Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn will be guiding the election. The deadline for the national vote will be on May 9.

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