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SEOUL, April 27 (Yonhap) — Former President Park Geun-hye has announced plans to attend President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s inauguration ceremony next month, the leader said Wednesday. of the Nomination Preparatory Committee.
Committee head Park Joo-sun said the former president expressed her will when he visited her home in the southeast city of Daegu and delivered a letter from Yoon. and an official invitation to the May 10 ceremony.
“I think I should offer my congratulations on the entry into office of the new government,” the former president said. “Given my current state of health, it’s a bit of a strain for me to travel more than three hours, but I will try to recover through exercise and rehabilitation.”
When asked if the remark could be understood as his confirmation to attend the ceremony, Park Joo-sun replied that it could be interpreted that way.
Earlier this month, Yoon visited Park’s house and invited her to the groundbreaking ceremony. Park later said she wasn’t sure she could attend due to her medical condition.
As to whether Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will attend the inauguration ceremony, Park Joo-sun said Yoon’s delegation in Tokyo had announced its intention to invite Kishida, but had not yet received a response.
The preparatory committee for the inauguration announced earlier that about 41,000 people will be invited to the ceremony which will take place in a square in front of the National Assembly.
Park Joo-sun said in a CBS radio interview that the preparatory committee plans to invite family members of former presidents. However, he tentatively decided not to invite Lee Jae-myung of the Democratic Party, who ran against Yoon in the presidential race, saying there has never been a case of inviting electoral rivals and that this decision could be considered bad etiquette as it could remind Lee of the loss.
Park dismissed criticism of hosting an “extravagant banquet” for high-profile guests, after the committee chose a luxury Seoul hotel as the venue for a post-ceremony event.
“It’s a political attack,” he said. “Holding the banquet at a hotel costs only 500,000 won ($395) more than holding the event at a ballroom in Cheong Wa Dae.”
The committee had originally planned to hold the banquet at Cheong Wa Dae’s reception hall, but since Yoon was committed to fully opening Cheong Wa Dae to the public on the day of its inauguration, he had to change the venue, added. Park.