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Moon to request opposition parties to recommend special prosecutor candidates

All News 08:49 June 01, 2018

SEOUL, June 1 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in plans to ask opposition parties Friday to recommend candidates for a special prosecutor charged with looking into allegations that a power blogger tied to ruling party officials manipulated Internet comments for political purposes, an official said.

Under the special counsel bill that passed through the National Assembly last week, Moon has until Friday to make the candidate recommendation request. Once the request is made, the Korean Bar Association will suggest four candidates before three opposition parties recommend two of them to Moon.

"The deadline is today," a Cheong Wa Dae official said. "We're going to make a request within the day."

The scandal centers on suspicions that the power blogger, known by his nickname Druking, and his team manipulated comments on Internet news stories in an effort to sway public opinion on hot-button political issues.

Druking was found to have relations with officials of the ruling party and the presidential office. He has claimed that former ruling party lawmaker Kim Kyoung-soo, a key aide to Moon, tacitly agreed to his campaign for the online opinion rigging.

Kim has flatly denied the allegations, dismissing them as "fiction."

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