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[Editorial] After impeachment vote

Over the past six weeks, President Park Geun-hye and Cheong Wa Dae might have destroyed some evidence on the allegations of the influence-peddling scandal involving her civilian friend Choi Soon-sil, as they continuously rejected angry citizens’ demands to resign.The prosecution, which ha...

Updated : 2016.12.05 16:16

[Editorial] Uncertainties abound

Opposition parties submitted a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye, Saturday, vowing to get it through a full session of the National Assembly on Friday.The motion -- the second of its kind after the one against President Roh Moo-hyun in 2004 -- is the first legal, parliamentary acti...

Updated : 2016.12.04 16:09

[Editorial] Finding the truth

There are two things that must be done regarding the influence-peddling and corruption scandal involving President Park Geun-hye and her associates: Removing Park from her office and getting to the bottom of all the allegations. There is no doubt that Park’s exit should come as soon as po...

Updated : 2016.12.02 16:58

[Editorial] Suspect's Constitution

In the wake of the Park Geun-hye scandal, the nation may face its seventh referendum next year. However, the possibility of this happening is very low.Nevertheless, it is feasible that the Saenuri Party will aggressively push for constitutional amendments -- as many of its lawmakers and Pa...

Updated : 2016.12.01 16:15

[Editorial] Park’s accomplices

President Park Geun-hye’s offer to leave her fate to the National Assembly – an apparent bid to avoid an impending impeachment and buy time – gives a clue to why her loyalists in the Saenuri Party resisted the ferocious public demand that they give up control of the ruling party. In her...

Updated : 2016.11.30 16:05

[Editorial] Just halt duties

Embattled President Park Geun-hye remains unblushing as she again rejected citizens’ demands for an “immediate” resignation in another public address on Tuesday.Instead, Park seemingly chose to follow those loyal to her in the ruling Saenuri Party, composed of Suh Chung-won and seven ot...

Updated : 2016.11.29 15:03

[Editorial] Crucial week

The political crisis stemming from the Choi Soon-sil scandal has entered a crucial stage, with a set of important events scheduled for later this week. First, the National Assembly will launch its own investigation into the scandal Wednesday, by hearing testimonies from officials at releva...

Updated : 2016.11.28 14:53

[Editorial] Election mode

Time is up. The nation confirmed over the weekend that President Park Geun-hye has already been “impeached by citizens,” as the National Assembly fine-tunes plans to propose and vote on an impeachment motion.Most South Koreans no longer regard Park as their president, with polls showing ...

Updated : 2016.11.27 15:23

[Other view] How Trump can help Medicaid

President-elect Donald Trump has already stepped back from his campaign pledge to entirely repeal Obamacare, saying he’ll keep a couple of the law’s popular insurance protections. Soon enough, certain governors in his own party can be expected to argue that it would also be smart to reta...

Updated : 2016.11.25 16:31

[Editorial] Investigators’ showdown

Citizens are closely watching the prosecution’s movements over its investigation into the Park Geun-hye scandal. The ongoing probe is offering a timely opportunity for the agency to regain some of its recently plummeted public credibility. Some still criticize the prosecutors saying that...

Updated : 2016.11.25 16:30

[Editorial] Jang’s meddling

The Park Geun-hye scandal has grown again to include a new figure, Jang Si-ho, who has been placed under custody for embezzlement. Earlier this month, Jang gained attention after she sought to sell her land in Seogwipo, Jeju Island, at a bargain price.Jang, 37, has been identified as the n...

Updated : 2016.11.23 15:14

[Editorial] One way out

It is hard to accept, but it seems almost inevitable that Koreans will have to continue living with a president who about 90 percent of them think is unfit for the post. This is primarily because there is no way to immediately bring Park down from her post or force her to take a backseat i...

Updated : 2016.11.22 15:01

[Editorial] Ex-prosecutors in Blue House

It has been about a month since the Park Geun-hye scandal initially shook the nation. While she has yet to deliver a televised speech since making a second public apology on Nov. 4, fresh allegations are further amplifying public anger.Apart from Park’s nongovernmental confidante Choi Soo...

Updated : 2016.11.21 14:31

[Editorial] Park’s defiance

The latest developments of the Choi Soon-sil scandal show that the political crisis will not end any time soon. What is clear is that President Park Geun-hye will not give in to demands that she step down voluntarily. What is also obvious is that it will not be easy for the divided opposit...

Updated : 2016.11.20 15:27

[Editorial] Economic woes

The Choi Soon-sil scandal that has been shaking the nation for weeks is adding adversity to the national economy. Most of all, the leadership crisis and political instability caused by the huge scandal has left the economic policy team without an authoritative helmsman and dealt a blow to ...

Updated : 2016.11.18 16:14