Majority of South Koreans want their president to undergo investigations
SEOUL, Nov. 2 (UPI) — More than 70 percent of South Koreans who were recently surveyed said President Park Geun-hye should be investigated in the aftermath of revelations she had ties to a longtime acquaintance suspected of corruption.
Of that group, 55 percent also said Park should be impeached if she does not resign because they consider her to be “incompetent.”
The survey of 5,531 South Koreans across the country resulted in 534 responses, and their assessment of the scandal demonstrates strong disapproval of the president, local news service No Cut News reported Thursday, local time.
Park has remained relatively immune to the scandal despite her connection to Choi Soon-sil, who has been detained by South Korean prosecutors since Monday. Her senior aide, Ahn Chong-bum, resigned and is under investigation for carrying out orders to establish two charitable foundations linked to the corruption charges.
Last week Park’s approval ratings fell to an all-time low of 17.5 percent. It is likely Park would be subject to investigations if the allegations against Ahn are true, because that would mean the president had ordered her aide to create those organizations on behalf of her friend, according to No Cut News.
In the survey, only 21 percent said they are opposed to investigations into Park’s actions involving Choi, and even among Park’s strongest supporters, South Koreans in their 50s and 60s, at least 50 percent said Park should undergo a probe.
Public outrage in South Korea over the scandal, however, has also led to some interesting developments in the country’s mobile gaming culture, according to local news source YTN Radio.
Developers are quickly taking advantage of the controversy with games featuring parodies of Choi.
According to Lee Taek-kwang, a professor of global communications at Kyung Hee University, parodies of the situation often involve a Choi Soon-sil avatar.
The games include scenarios where the player, as Choi, must quickly rewrite the president’s speeches, or ride a horse in a competition.
Choi’s daughter is reportedly an equestrian who may have gained admission to a highly selective university in Korea through special favors, according to local press reports.