South Korean President denies following cult amidst scandal

South Korean President denies following cult amidst scandal

South Korean President denies following cult amidst scandal

Written by Tharushan Fernando

04 Nov, 2016 | 4:34 pm

South Korean President,Park Geun-hye publicly denied falling victim to a religious cult amidst a scandal that is posing a threat to her leadership.

In a televised address, President Park apologized for allowing a long-standing friend inappropriate access to government policy-making wile she agreed to be questioned over the scandal but did not offer to resign.

1478228686643Choi Soon-sil is suspected of using their friendship to solicit donations to a non-profit fund she controlled and is in detention facing charges of fraud and abuse of power

The main opposition party charged that there was a lack of sincerity in Ms.Park’s aplogy and called on her to step away from state affairs.

Police clashed with demonstrators who were calling for Ms Park’s resignation in central Seoul

Allegations of a religious cult

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Ms Choi is the daughter of Choi Tae-min who was a shadowy quasi-religious leader who was closely linked to Ms Park’s father, then the President of South Korea,Park Chung-hee

“There have been claims that I fell for a religious cult or had [shamanist rituals] performed in the Blue House, but I would like to clarify that those are absolutely not true,” said the president

She noted that she will take sole responsibility for access to government documents and was willing to be investigated.

Commenting on her relationship with her long standing friend Ms Choi, President Park said that she “put too much faith in a personal relationship and didn’t look carefully at what was happening”.

She added that anyone found to have done wrong would be punished

“If necessary, I’m determined to let prosecutors investigate me and accept an investigation by an independent counsel too”. said the President

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