Citizen Park Geun-hye: First day away from the Blue Roof
Today marks the first day former President Park will spend in her private residence as an ordinary citizen. After being criticized for staying in the Blue House two additional days since her impeachment, Park was driven to her home in Samseong-dong (Gangnam) late Sunday evening.
Upon arriving at her residence, Park waved to longtime supporters that had come to greet her. And quite unlike what many expected, Park Geun-hye appeared no different than usual—almost cheerful—as she shook hands with pro-Park officials. It was a scene that perplexed both the Korean society and the international community.
Having not made a formal speech accepting the Constitutional Court’s ruling, Park’s words to her loyal supporters coming out of the car, “It may take time, but the truth will eventually be revealed,” were interpreted as a rejection of the final verdict. Some speculate that Park was alluding that her lawyers would file a suit against the court ruling.
In the meantime, the former President awaits criminal prosecution for charges of influence-peddling and the people of South Korea embark on a premature presidential race. Campaigning has changed to full-speed mode moving toward the election that will be held in just under two months.
Seo Eui-mi, Reporter for The AsiaN