Ousted Park ar­rives home, ex­presses de­fi­ance

New Straits Times - - World -

SEOUL: Ousted pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye ex­pressed de­fi­ance to­wards the cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions against her as she va­cated the pres­i­den­tial palace and re­turned to her home yes­ter­day, two days after the Con­sti­tu­tional Court re­moved her from of­fice.

In her first pub­lic com­ments since the court’s rul­ing, Park said in a state­ment: “Al­though it will take time, I be­lieve the truth will cer­tainly come out.”

Upon her re­turn home, Park was greeted by hun­dreds of sup­port­ers who thun­der­ously chanted her name and waved the South Korean flag as her body­guard-flanked black sedan slowly rolled into a path near the house.

Park, dressed in a dark blue coat and her hair tied in a bun, smiled and waved from in­side the car. She then stepped out and shook hands and ex­changed brief words with mem­bers of her party be­fore go­ing in­side the house.

In her state­ment, which was read to re­porters by Min Kyung­wook, a law­maker from her con­ser­va­tive party and her for­mer spokesman, Park also ex­pressed grat­i­tude to her sup­port­ers and apol­o­gised for “fail­ing to ful­fil my duty as pres­i­dent”.

Youn Kwan­suk, the spokesman for the lib­eral Demo­cratic Party, the largest in Par­lia­ment, called Park’s state­ment “shock­ing” and “very re­gret­table” be­cause she did not ex­press re­morse.

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Park Geun-hye wav­ing to sup­port­ers from her ve­hi­cle upon re­turn­ing to her pri­vate home in Seoul yes­ter­day.

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