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President of South Korea agrees to be investigated in alleged corruption

In Friday, the president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye said it will accept to undergo any investigation if necessary, since it is involved in a case of alleged corruption and influence peddling, due to alleged interference in affairs of state by a friend.

"I will do everything I can to cooperate if necessary. Accept an investigation, "said the head of state in a public speech televised by major chains in the country, after ten days of silence amid the biggest political scandal in recent years.

The president declined to give detailed explanations about his involvement "as there is an ongoing investigation" and hoped that prosecutors "get to the bottom of the truth."

No head of state of South Korea has been investigated by the prosecution since the country's founding in 1948 until today, so that Park would be the first event that takes place the process as called for by the opposition and of citizenship.

President relieved the past days the prime minister and his chief of staff and three secretaries, in an attempt to respond to the huge buzz generated in the country popularly called the case "Choi Soong-sil".

Soong Sil Choi, 60, is a close friend of Park being investigated for allegedly having appropriated public funds and influence the country's politics despite not having any public office.

In his speech today the president offered "sincere apologies" to the citizens of South Korea to be seen in the center of this scandal.

"I have even questioned why I become president. I feel devastated. It breaks my heart I have caused pain, "he said.

The case has caused strong indignation among South Koreans, who have called for mass demonstrations in the resignation of Park to believe that important policy decisions delegated State in an unfamiliar person.

In addition Choi Soon-sil is the daughter of the late leader of a religious sect who mentored Park for decades, so it began to spread the rumor that the president was being influenced by-the shamans shamanism is an ancient religion and still existing in South Korea-.

"Rumors about cults and shamanism are not true. I want to make that clear, "he said in his speech today Park.

This has come ten days after the president apologized publicly for the first time after it was discovered that Choi had published several of his speeches days in advance, something illegal when dealing with confidential information.

Tens of thousands of South Koreans took to the streets past days to demand the resignation of the head of state, whose approval rating has fallen from 50 percent to 5 percent, according to the latest survey released today.

Meanwhile, Choi remains in detention while prosecutors trace their documents and bank accounts before filing charges.

With information from EFE

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