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Opposition party demands gov't reshuffle over controversial ruling

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) demanded Friday that President Park Geun-hye reshuffle her Cabinet and presidential office over the acquittal of a key suspect in a high-profile election-meddling scandal. The suspect, former Seoul police chief Kim Yong-pan, was acquitted Thursday of charges of scaling back and whitewashing the results of a police investigation into allegations of the state meddling in the 2012 presidential campaign. In handing down the ruling, the Seoul Central District Court cited insufficient evidence.

Park names former TV anchor new spokesman

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye named a former television anchor as her new spokesman Wednesday, her chief press secretary said. Min Kyung-wook, a former anchor for public broadcaster KBS, was chosen as "the right person" to convey the president's administrative philosophy to the public based on his rich experience working in the media, including as a former correspondent to Washington, senior presidential press secretary Lee Jung-hyun said.

Park accused of violating election laws by giving gifts

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) accused President Park Geun-hye Wednesday of violating election laws by distributing watches printed with her own signature as gifts ahead of nationwide local elections in June. Park's office sent five pairs of watches -- each pair consisting of one men's watch and one ladies' watch -- to ruling party lawmakers and chiefs of party councils as gifts for Lunar New Year's Day, which falls on Jan. 31 this year, according to the party.

Park accused of violating election laws by giving gifts

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) accused President Park Geun-hye Wednesday of violating election laws by distributing watches printed with her own signature as gifts ahead of nationwide local elections in June. Park's office sent five pairs of watches -- each pair consisting of one men's watch and one ladies' watch -- to ruling party lawmakers and chiefs of party councils as gifts for Lunar New Year's Day, which falls on Jan. 31 this year, according to the party.

Opposition leader, Ahn to meet this week

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) -- Top opposition leader Kim Han-gil and popular independent lawmaker Ahn Cheol-soo will meet later this week to discuss a joint response to the ruling party's move to keep a controversial party nomination system for local elections, both sides said Wednesday. Kim of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) and Ahn will meet on Friday amid growing media interest in whether the two sides will form an alliance ahead of nationwide local elections in June.

Park orders airtight security posture against N. Korea

NEW DELHI, Jan. 18 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye called for an "airtight" security posture against North Korea from South Korean soldiers and other officials on Saturday, viewing the North's recent charm offensives as a possible prelude to imminent military provocations.

China hails Park's remarks calling for enhanced bilateral ties

BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- China on Tuesday praised remarks by South Korean President Park Geun-hye that Seoul is committed to enhancing bilateral relations with Beijing, saying it would help promote peace and stability in the region. In her New Year's press conference on Monday, Park urged China to further improve bilateral ties. Park held a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping last June during her state visit.

China hails Park's remarks calling for enhanced bilateral ties

BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- China on Tuesday praised remarks by South Korean President Park Geun-hye that Seoul is committed to enhancing bilateral relations with Beijing, saying it would help promote peace and stability in the region. In her New Year's press conference on Monday, Park urged China to further improve bilateral ties. Park held a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping last June during her state visit.

Opposition party slams Park's news conference

SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) lashed out at President Park Geun-hye Tuesday as it accused her of trampling on the public's demands at her press conference the previous day. In the conference, Park outlined her policy plans for the new year, saying she would focus on economic revival and laying the groundwork for reunification of the two Koreas. In order to boost domestic demand, she vowed to promote investment in the service industries by easing nearly all regulations, including those for the health sector.

Park's approval rating dips under 50 pct

SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye's approval rating has dipped under 50 percent for the first time since April, a new Gallup Korea poll showed Friday. The poll showed that 48 percent of South Koreans approved of the job the president was doing, while 41 percent disapproved and 11 percent did not express an opinion. Park's all-time low approval rating was 41 percent between late March and early April. Her all-time high job approval was 67 percent in September.
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