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Opposition lawmaker faces scrutiny over nude portrayal of Park

All News 11:56 January 24, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's main opposition Democratic Party on Tuesday decided to refer a lawmaker to its ethics panel for hosting an exhibition that included a painting portraying President Park Geun-hye in the nude.

Rep. Pyo Chang-won organized the exhibition in the lobby of a National Assembly building, which included the picture titled "Dirty Sleep."

An official from the party said the Supreme Council held an emergency meeting and decided to bring the issue to the ethics committee. It was inappropriate to display such a picture even if it was intended as satire, the official said.

Moon Jae-in, a potential presidential candidate from the party, expressed deep regret over the exhibition.

"Arts and politics are different. In arts, criticism and satire are important but in politics dignity and restraint are important," Moon said on Facebook.

The ruling Saenuri Party denounced the exhibition as an insult and sexual harassment.

Pyo drew criticism earlier this month by claiming that there should be an age ceiling of 65 for presidents, apparently targeting former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a potential conservative candidate.


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