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Ruling party calls for thorough probe into sex scandal

All Headlines 14:05 May 13, 2013

SEOUL, May 13 (Yonhap) -- The chief of the ruling Saenuri Party on Monday called for a thorough probe into a sex scandal involving a now-fired presidential spokesman.

The scandal centers on allegations that spokesman Yoon Chang-jung sexually assaulted a Korean-American woman in the United States during President Park Geun-hye's official visit to the country last week. Yoon has since been fired by the presidential office.

"There should be a swift and accurate internal inspection (at the presidential office) to determine those responsible and reprimand them strictly," Rep. Hwang Woo-yea, the chairman of the ruling party, said during a Supreme Council meeting.

"Those involved in the incident must cooperate actively with the investigation both at home and abroad, and reveal the whole story as soon as possible."

Ruling party floor leader Rep. Lee Hahn-koo also called for a swift probe followed by strict punishment or censure, saying not a single doubt should remain over the case.

The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) repeated its demands for an apology from the president.

"President Park should apologize to the public in person over the shame her stubborn personnel appointments have brought to the country," DP chief Rep. Kim Han-gil said at his party's Supreme Council meeting.

Recalling that Park appointed Yoon despite criticism that he was unfit for the job, he also said the president should adopt a new principle for naming personnel, with which the public can agree.

Park, who took office in late February, came under fire during the early weeks of her term when a number of her nominees for senior government posts resigned in succession under pressure over allegations of ethical lapses and other problems.

hague@yna.co.kr
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