14 Facts About Park Geunhye

1. On 1 January 2017, Park Geunhye appeared in public for the first time since the impeachment before a select group of reporters at the Blue House, saying she denied any allegations of the scandal and wrongdoings.

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2. On 25 October 2016, Park Geunhye apologized to the nation in a televised address from the Blue House for giving Choi access to draft speeches during the first months of her presidency.

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3. On 29 November 2016, Park Geunhye offered to resign as President, and invited the National Assembly to arrange a transfer of power.

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4. On 25 October 2016, Park Geunhye publicly acknowledged her close ties with Choi.

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5. On 25 June 2015 Park Geunhye said that "Betrayal which breaks the trust shouldn't be accepted in politics and this should be punished by election with people's own hands".

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6. On 17 April 2017, Park Geunhye was formally charged with abuse of power, bribery, coercion, and leaking government secrets.

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7. On 1 May 2016, Park Geunhye became the first South Korean president to visit Iran.

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8. On 18 May 2014, Park Geunhye announced South Korea's "plans to break up its coastguard" after failing to respond well during the MV Sewol ferry disaster.

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9. On 10 July, Park Geunhye formally announced her 2012 presidential bid at the Time Square, Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul.

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10. On 19 December 2011, Park Geunhye was appointed as the chairwoman of GNP's Emergency Committee, the de facto leader of the party.

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11. In 2007, Park Geunhye expressed regret at the treatment of activists during this period.

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12. On 6 April 2018, Park Geunhye was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

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13. On 9 December 2016, Park Geunhye was impeached by the National Assembly on charges related to influence peddling by her top aide, Choi Soon-sil.

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14. In 2013 and 2014, Park Geunhye was ranked 11th on the Forbes list of the world's 100 most powerful women and the most powerful woman in East Asia.

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