South Korean party president Park Geun-Hye quits over new graft scandal

Vastavam web: A South Korean opposition party which split from president Park Geun-Hye’s grouping as she was engulfed in a corruption scandal last year saw its own leader step down today over graft allegations.Dozens of members of the Bareun party splintered from the main conservative group, then known as Saenuri, as accusations mounted against Park and joined forces with then opposition lawmakers to vote for her impeachment.But the Bareun party’s own leader Lee Hye-Hoon has been under increasing pressure since prosecutors last month opened an investigation into allegations a businesswoman gave her cash and gifts worth about USD 50,000 over nearly a dozen occasions.
She insisted she would clear her name and “the truth will come out sooner or later”.She vowed to make Bareun the “main base” of conservatism rather than Park’s party, now renamed Liberty Korea, but the allegations undermined those efforts.