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S. Korea's Park apologizes for 'heartbreaking' scandal

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>> South Korea's President breaking down in tears on Friday over a political scandal that's rock the government and question approval rating to just 5%.>>
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> I've been working hard not to hurt people's feelings, but I did the opposite. I feel like my heart is breaking. Park Geun-hye is begging the South Korean people for forgiveness after allegations that an old friend and confidante, Choi Soon-sil, used presidential ties to tamper with state affairs and funnel millions into organizations she ran.
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Park says she's open to getting grilled by prosecutors, adding quote, everyone including myself should take responsibility if found guilty. The most extraordinary remark on Friday, Park also denying involvement in a cult, rejecting local media reports that she hosted a shamanistic ritual at the presidential office. Choi's father was a shadowy figure who led a religious group, guiding Park during her time as de facto First Lady under her father, President Park Chung-hee.
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Choi, herself, has been in custody since Monday. There have been near daily protests in the weeks since the allegations came to light and President Park's first apology last week did little to quiet the public outrage. She, then, reshuffled her staff and fired key cabinet ministers to fight off rising calls for her to resign.
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So far, no South Korean president has even been investigated whilst in office even in the midst of a scandal.