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[CARD NEWS] President Park and the mysterious woman

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Nov 04,2016
President Park and the mysterious woman
International views on the recent Korean political scandal



1) “This political scandal involves spiritual guidance from a Shamanistic prophet and voices from the dead.”
- National Public Radio of the United States

2) President Park Geun-hye and this mysterious woman
International views on the recent Korean political scandal

3)
[U.S.]

A.P.
“Thousands of South Koreans called for President Park Geun-hye to step down.”
“The ongoing scandal will likely hurt Park’s ability to govern and could deepen her lame-duck status ahead of next year’s presidential election.”
NYT
“A Presidential Friendship Has Many South Koreans Crying Foul”
WP
“South Korea’s presidency ‘on the brink of collapse’ as scandal grows”
“South Korea’s president is engulfed in a political scandal with plotlines straight out of a soap opera”
NPR
“Swirling Scandal Involving Shamanistic Cult Threatens South Korean President”
“They have led to charges that the friend is a secret "puppet master" and the real power behind "the throne."

[China]

CCTV
“The protestors of all ages demand President Park resign.”
“President Park Geun-hye is facing the worst political crisis ever since she has taken office.”

[Japan]
“Lack of power in President Park’s centripetal force in the wake of Choi Soon-sil’s influence on state affairs could also affect summit diplomacy between Korea and Japan.”
“The approval rating of President Park has plunged to the new lows due to her suspicion of sharing the top-secret confidential information with her friend.”
“This might impact cooperation in the national security field between Japan and Korea.”

[United Kingdom]
“Ms Park's televised apology over the scandal last week failed to defuse the situation, only sparking widespread accusations of mismanagement.“
“Uncertainty over the future of the South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, is expected to intensify after a Rasputin-like figure at the centre of a mounting political crisis returned to Seoul, a day after thousands of protesters called for Park’s resignation.”

4) The scandal was also covered in the Middle East.

Al Jazeera
“The increasingly unpopular president has been accused of letting her old friend, the daughter of a religious cult leader, interfere in important state affairs.”

5) Choi Soon-sil, the central figure of the recent political scandal in South Korea, has been compared by the world to Rasputin, the figure who led to the collapse of Czarist Russia. H exerted undue influence as a trusted friend of the family of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia.

6) Some suspect this drama-like political scandal will negatively affect Korea’s diplomacy and security.
“The authorities are eligible to make diplomatic demands and negotiations in international society only after the government returns to normal, but it seems difficult for our country to do that in this situation.”
- Kim Dong-yup, a professor at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University

7) The suspicions around this mysterious woman have not yet been resolved.



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