South Korea: South Korean president says she’s willing to be investigated in corruption scandal

Author(s): Anna Fifield | Date: November 3, 2016 | Language: English
Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/wHfqxA | Type: Text, Video

South Korea’s embattled president on Friday apologized to the nation over a snowballing political crisis involving a secret aide and said she would submit to an investigation “if necessary,” as her approval ratings dropped to the lowest recorded since democracy arrived here.
Park Geun-hye, who made history four years ago when she became the country’s first female leader, is now facing the worst crisis of her turbulent tenure. A growing number of politicians and ordinary people are calling for her resignation, and her own justice minister has raised the possibility that she could be investigated for wrongdoing.
“I deeply apologize to the nation for causing this disappointment and distress,” Park said Friday morning in a nationally televised address, only her second statement on the issue since the controversy erupted last month. Her voice was breaking during the statement, and she appeared to be on the brink of tears.

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