Park to be questioned next week; election set for May 9

The Associated Press

Park Geun-hye

Reuters SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korean prosecutors summoned ousted leader Park Geun-hye on Wednesday for questioning next week as they conduct a widening investigation into an influence-peddling scandal that ended her presidency.

The government also announced a presidential election to find a replacement for Park, South Korea’s first democratically elected president to be removed from office, would be held on May 9.

The Constitutional Court dismissed Park from office on Friday when it upheld a parliamentary impeachment vote over an influence-peddling scandal that has shaken South Korea’s political and business elite.

Park has denied any wrongdoing.

The Samsung Group, South Korea’s largest conglomerate, is already embroiled in the scandal and the Yonhap news agency said prosecutors had started investigating two other conglomerates — the Lotte Group and SK Group.

Park had been summoned to appear for questioning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the prosecutors’ office said in a message to media.Speech

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