March 13, 2017 09:40
Park Geun-hye left Cheong Wa Dae for the last time on Sunday evening, where she had been holed up until the Constitutional Court unanimously relieved her of the presidency two days earlier.
Park was taken by motorcade to her old home in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul.
On arrival at home 20 minutes later, she shook hands with hundreds of supporters who had been camped out there chanting slogans and a dozen lawmakers and aides who greeted her, but went into the house without comment.
A spokesman later quoted her as saying she was "sorry" for failing to complete her term as president. But she apparently continues to deny any wrongdoing, saying only, "The truth will be revealed, although it will take time."
Before leaving Cheong Wa Dae, she had tea with aides and bid farewell to some 500 staff.
There were signs that she refused to believe she would be impeached until the last minute, since her home was still being refurbished when the ruling was announced and it took her two days and mounting calls from opposition parties to vacate the presidential compound.
The home, which was built in 1983, had been left empty for four years and required major repairs, including a broken boiler, but repair work only started Friday.
Her spokesman's remarks drew furious criticism. Minjoo Party presidential candidate Moon Jae-in was quoted by a spokesman as saying, "I believe it is the duty of former President Park Geun-hye to say she accepts the Constitutional Court's decision."
And a spokesman for People's Party founder Ahn Cheol-soo said, "The truth will indeed be revealed, namely in the investigation by prosecutors."
The splinter Bareun Party, which had defected en masse from Park's ruling party when her ship went under, said it was "regrettable" that Park only voiced a response through her spokesman and failed to deliver a message of unity and acceptance.
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