Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Park Geun-hye in peril

Park Geun-hye, the President of South Korea, is in the maelstrom of criticism because of her suspicious act on national secrets.

Choi Soon-sil, a Korean woman who is said to be a close friend of Park, is going to be arrested on information leakage. According to the media, she was suspected to have received several documents from Park or others concerned. They included statement papers of the President and other important contents of the government. She was also said to have got reward about an NPO she was concerned.

BBC: South Korea scandal: President Park's friend Choi detained

Park admitted that Choi had edited some of her speeches. She seems to have got many pieces of advice from Choi, from the color of dress her would wear to more crucial issues.

Choi is a daughter of Choi Tae-min, who was a cult leader and Park's ex-mentor. It suggests the strong bond between Park and Choi. Some people is mocking the relationship as if Korean leader relies on shaman's power.

International Business Times: Is South Korea being ruled by a 'shaman and eight fairies'?

Park is eager to restore the political leadership, declaring a reshuffle of the cabinet. She appointed Kim Byong-joon as the next Prime Minister. Kim took a role as a senior presidential secretary previously. Opposite parties are against Park's decision.

BBC: President Park reshuffles S Korean cabinet amid scandal

It seems Park administration is going to be terminated. In the past, ex-Presidents in South Korea were arrested, or even assassinated. Korean people perhaps have a harsh attitude to persons who dropped out from an administrative position. It is a little similar to Japanese. I hope Park will not be listed to such an unfortunate outcome.


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