Ex-S.Korean President silent over her dismissal

Indo Asian News Service

Seoul, March 11 (IANS) South Korea's former President Park Geun-hye maintained her silence on Saturday, a day after the Constitutional Court ruled to dismiss her over a massive corruption scandal.

Her aides and observers said Park might need some time to cope with the "sudden deprivation of the presidential prerogatives".

"The (former) President has been in a state of shock, and it appears that she needs time to come to terms with what has happened to her," an aide told Yonhap News Agency.

In Friday's verdict to oust Park, the court said her legal violations were "too serious to be tolerated", and that the benefits to defending the Constitution by removing her from office are "overwhelmingly large".

Park is suspected of allowing her long-time friend Choi Soon-sil -- who had no government post or security clearance -- to meddle in important state affairs, as well as colluding with Choi to extort money and favours from local conglomerates such as Samsung Group.

Both have flatly denied the accusations.

Following the verdict, Park was expected to return to her private residence in Samseong-dong, Seoul. But she is still in the presidential compound as the private home needs some repairs and security protection added, according to her aides.

Meanwhile, speculation has continued that senior presidential secretaries might tender their resignations to Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn.