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Park accused of ‘illegal occupation’ of Cheong Wa Dae

By Park Si-soo

The leader of the minor Labor Party has accused former President Park Geun-hye of “illegal occupation” of the presidential residence.

“She is no longer the President and she is obliged to leave Cheong Wa Dae,” said Lee Gap-yong, leader of the party, shortly after filing a petition with the Jongno Police Station calling for her forced removal from the presidential residence.

“Cheong Wa Dae is an extremely confidential facility that can only be open to authorized personnel, With Park, that is no longer the case,” Lee said, calling on police to arrest Park immediately in order to remove her from Cheong Wa Dae.

Park is still at the presidential residence despite the Constitutional Court’s historic ruling on Friday that removed her from office. She also remains mum over the verdict with her desperate supporters vowing to “disobey” the decision and take action to restore Park to the presidency. Police have warned they will not tolerate violence or acts challenging the rule of law under any circumstances.

According to reports, Park is likely to leave Cheong Wa Dae on Sunday or Monday and move to her house in Samseong-dong in southern Seoul. But no one in the presidential office has confirmed or denied such a report.

Shortly after the ruling, Park’s two-story house has come under intensive repair work because she has left it vacant since her inauguration in February 2013. Cheong Wa Dae said the repair work will take a couple of days to be completed.

Even though Park was impeached, she is eligible to be granted security accorded to a former president for five years, for which facilities needed for the service will be installed in and around her house.


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