S Korean pros­e­cu­tors to ques­tion pres­i­dent

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

South Korean pros­e­cu­tors want to ques­tion Pres­i­dent Park Geun hye this week over sus­pi­cion that she let a shad­owy long­time con­fi­dante ma­nip­u­late power from be­hind the scenes, an of­fi­cial said Sun­day. It would be the first time that a sit­ting South Korean pres­i­dent has been ques­tioned by pros­e­cu­tors. The ex­plo­sive scan­dal is the most se­ri­ous chal­lenge for Park, whose pub­lic apolo­gies have done lit­tle to calm pub­lic anger. Pros­e­cu­tors are seek­ing to ques­tion Park face-to-face on ei­ther Tues­day or Wed­nes­day at the lat­est, a pros­e­cu­tion of­fi­cial said. The of­fi­cial, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way, said pros­e­cu­tors con­veyed their po­si­tion to Park’s of­fice and were await­ing a re­sponse. The pres­i­dent’s of­fice said ear­lier Sun­day that it can work out its po­si­tion on a Park in­ves­ti­ga­tion as early as today. It said it needs time to re­view when and how Park should be in­ves­ti­gated.

‘War has just be­gun,’ Boko Haram warns

The leader of the ji­hadist group Boko Haram has re­acted to the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump to the White House with a warn­ing that “the war has just be­gun” against the West. “Do not be over­whelmed by peo­ple like Don­ald Trump and the global coali­tion fight­ing our brethren in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and ev­ery­where,” Abubakar Shekau said in an au­dio mes­sage posted on YouTube late Sun­day. “We re­main stead­fast on our faith and we will not stop,” he said in the hour-long mes­sage. “To us, the war has just be­gun.” Boko Haram is wag­ing a seven-year-old up­ris­ing against the Nige­rian state that has claimed more than 20,000 lives, with the in­sur­gency spilling over the West African na­tion’s borders into neigh­bor­ing states. Boko Haram, which last year pledged al­le­giance to the Is­lamic State group, has been in the grip of a power strug­gle since late last year. The IS high com­mand said in Au­gust that Shekau had been re­placed as leader by Abu Musab Al-Bar­nawi, the 22-year-old son of Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf.

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