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Park Struggling to Flip Public Opinion

15:24 January 09, 2017 replay time02:02

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[Anchor]

As of yesterday (8th), one month has gone by since the impeachment bill was passed by the National Assembly, thus suspending President Park Geun-hye's authority.

It was reported that President Park is refraining from public exposure due to concerns about responding to the public opinion ahead of her impeachment trial.

Yoon Seok-yi has more.

[Reporter]

After her suspension, President Park Geun-hye has been refraining from not only official appointments but also outside exposure.

After her New Year’s meeting with the Blue House press on January, it was reported that she is focusing on her legal battle for the impeachment trial.

<Park Geun-hye / President> "I hope that all the false rumors will disappear (at the Constitutional Court)."

President Park's side seems particularly concerned about public sentiment.

As the impeachment trial is heating up, they believe that any unaddressed suspicions could affect the final decision of the Constitutional Court.

<Park Geun-hye / President> “Distortions, incorrect reporting, and falsities abound, and it is hard for anyone to make anything out of them…”

An official from the ruling party predicted that “if the Constitutional Court issues a verdict amidst the current public sentiment, there will inevitably be difficulties…”

In the same context, President Park was reported to be considering making a national address before the Lunar New Year's holiday.

There are reports of her constantly talking to key aides over major issues, despite her suspension.

In particular, she was reported to be greatly concerned about Korea’s worsening relationships with China and Japan due to THAAD and the comfort women statue.

Yoon Seok-yi reporting for Yonhap News TV.

Yonhap News TV: 02-398-4441 (Inquiry on article) 4409 (Report), KakaoTalk/LINE jebo23

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