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Former S Korean Presidential Secretary, Culture Vice Minister Facing Charges

© REUTERS / News1People react after impeachment vote on South Korean President Park Geun-hye was passed, in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, December 9, 2016. The sign reads "Impeach Park Geun-hye".
People react after impeachment vote on South Korean President Park Geun-hye was passed, in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, December 9, 2016. The sign reads Impeach Park Geun-hye. - Sputnik International
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South Korea's prosecution office has charged the former presidential secretary and the vice minister for culture with abuse of power, just days after the president's impeachment.

TOKYO (Sputnik) — According to the Yonhap news agency, former Senior Presidential Secretary for Economic Affairs Cho Won-dong was accused of pressuring one of South Korea's conglomerates to change one of the top managers, while former Vice Minister for Culture Kim Chong was charged with abuse of power.

A large electronic board broadcasts a news report on South Korean President Park Geun-hye releasing a statement to the public as the Presidential Blue House (top L) is seen in the background, in central Seoul, South Korea, November 29, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Earlier in the day, media reported that another former presidential secretary, Jeong Ho-seong, had admitted to the leakage of about 180 secret documents to president's close friend Choi Soon-sil implicated in the political scandal which later resulted in the impeachment.

On Friday, South Korea's parliament voted in favor of removing Park from office, after the president got involved in the political scandal around "secret adviser" Choi, who pressured county's biggest corporations and extorted money from them for her non-commercial funds abroad.

The parliament appointed South Korea's Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as the acting president until the constitutional court approves or rejects the motion.

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