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President Park’s nude painting sparks anger in S Korea

Seoul: Severe clashes took place in Seoul after a nude painting of South Korean President Park Geun-hye had been made part of an exhibition at the national assembly, the sources said.  

Later, the painting was torn down by the supporters of President Park.

It is noteworthy here that in the painting, President Park Geun-hye has been shown as naked with her close confidante, Ms Choi Soon-si, who was depicted serving her flowers.

It is pertinent to mention here that President Park has been facing severe criticism following allegations that she allowed her close confidante Ms Choi Soon-sil to interfere in government matters.

MS Choi has also been alleged for making corruption and gaining favors from country’s big firms including electronics giant Samsung. She has also been charged with attempted coercion, abuse of authority and attempted fraud.

Moreover, President Park was impeached by parliamentarians for her role in the scandal last year and was barred from using her powers.

The impeachment is still due to be decided until June by the top court of the country to either approve or reject the decision.

In addition to, it has been depicted in the painting that President Park is sleeping, while the Sewol ferry, which sank three years ago, claiming 400 lives, goes down outside the window.

Yonhap news agency reported that the floor leader of the main opposition party condemned the lawmaker who organized the exhibit saying parliament “would have not remained silent if someone had drawn a nude painting of former President Roh Moo-hyun when he was impeached”.

Separately, a dramatic scene was held when Ms Choi was called for questioning session and she shouted on reporters that she had been pressured to admit guilt.

“I am being forced to confess committing crimes jointly with the president,” she said, according to local media, while being escorted.