Park Cancels Appointments Due to Ill Health

      April 28, 2015 10:04

      President Park Geun-hye disembarks from her plane on Monday after a four-nation trip to Latin America. /Newsis

      President Park Geun-hye headed to hospital as soon as she returned from a tour of Latin America on Monday and was diagnosed with stomach cramps and a swollen throat due to fatigue.

      A senior Cheong Wa Dae official said Park "will be resting on Tuesday and won't be able to attend any functions until Wednesday."

      Park accepted Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo's resignation over a bribery scandal but will be making no comment on the matter until she recovers. The search for a successor has also been postponed.

      Park developed a fever and cough at the start of her 12-day trip to four Latin American nations and had to receive several intravenous injections. She canceled a traditional meeting with reporters aboard her official plane on her way back to Seoul on Sunday.

      A Cheong Wa Dae official claimed she "wanted to hold a press meeting as planned, but her doctors recommended she get some rest. She had a 40-degree fever during the flight back and developed a skin rash." 

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