November 19, 2018 12:41
Police in Gyeonggi Province have concluded that Governor Lee Jae-myung's wife used a fake Twitter handle to spread fake news about President Moon Jae-in and other political rivals of her husband in the Minjoo Party since 2013.
Some ruling-party lawmakers are demanding Lee's ouster from the party and resignation as governor, accusing him of deception. But Lee denies the allegations and claims to be a victim of a smear campaign himself.
Police analyzed around 40,000 tweets posted under the 08_hkkim handle allegedly used by Kim Hye-gyeong and presented them as evidence to prosecutors.
Moon's supporters called on the Minjoo Party to take disciplinary action, but Lee claimed that he and his wife "tried our best" to help Moon during the election campaign.
Lee ran for the party's presidential candidacy in April last year but only came third. He became Gyeonggi governor in June this year.
Lee's political career now looks even shakier as he is also engulfed with a scandal with actress Kim Bu-sun, who claims she had an extramarital affair with him a decade ago.
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