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Opposition lawmaker apologizes over controversial election campaign poster

All Headlines 22:56 April 03, 2016

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- An opposition lawmaker apologized Sunday over her election campaign poster in which she is depicted as taking aim at President Park Geun-hye with a rifle.

Rep. Kwon Eun-hee of the splinter opposition People's Party, who is running in the April 13 general elections for a seat in Gwangju, 330 kilometers south of Seoul, uploaded the poster to her Facebook page on Saturday but deleted it the following day. She was edited to appear as a character from the popular TV series "Descendants of the Sun," decked out in military fatigues and aiming at a target.

The message across the image read, "This is Kwon Eun-hee, the sniper to take down Park Geun-hye."

The ruling Saenuri Party called on the People's Party to pull Kwon from the race.

"The party should apologize for nominating such an unqualified politician," said Saenuri party spokesman Ahn Hyoung-hwan. "Kwon uttered preposterous words that no citizen of Korea should make about the president, and they were way out of line."

The main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea claimed Kwon was ill-suited for a seat in the National Assembly if she has to resort to "lowbrow parody" to get voters' attention.

Kwon's camp apologized in a statement, saying it would take all measures to prevent similar occurrences.

"Regardless of the reasons, we'd like to express deep regrets for causing controversy," the statement read. "Our camp didn't have a direct role in making the poster and wasn't aware of its production beforehand."

Kim Hee-kyung, spokeswoman for the People's Party, said the party has ordered all candidates to refrain from attacking or defaming the president and rival candidates.

"The poster in question doesn't necessarily reflect the opinion of our party," Kim said. "Insulting the head of state should never have happened. It was extremely inappropriate. We'd like to apologize to the people and everyone involved."


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