Yoon says he wants to meet ex-president Park

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Yoon Suk-yeol, the presidential candidate of the main opposition, the People Power Party, signs a guestbook during a visit to Sinam National Cemetery in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Thursday . (Yonhap)

The main opposition presidential candidate, Yoon Suk-yeol, said on Thursday that he wanted to visit former President Park Geun-hye when she regains his health, as Park was due to be released later in the day. day under a presidential pardon.

Park’s release puts Yoon in an awkward position as he led the investigation into Park’s corruption scandal in 2016, which ultimately led to his impeachment, ousting, and jail.

“I would like to visit and meet former President Park Geun-hye when she regains her health,” Yoon told reporters in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

Yoon said he greatly rejoices at Park’s forgiveness and hopes that she will recover soon.

The government said the decision to pardon Park was taken into account of his deteriorating health and as part of efforts to promote national unity. She has been serving a 22-year prison sentence since 2017 on a series of corruption charges.

Her pardon is expected to have a significant impact on the March 9 presidential election, as she garnered support from conservatives, especially in Daegu and in North Gyeongsang Province, a stronghold of the main opposition party, People Power. Party (PPP).

Yoon also said the government should grant a pardon to former President Lee Myung-bak, who is currently serving a 17-year prison sentence for embezzlement and corruption.

“Former President Lee Myung-bak should be released as soon as possible,” Yoon said, adding that this could strengthen national unity in the long run. (Yonhap)

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