S. Korea's Park in the doghouse over abandoned pooches

S. Korea's Park in the doghouse over abandoned pooches

South Korean prosecutors will summon ousted president Park Geun-hye for questioning as a suspect in a wide-ranging corruption case that led to her impeachment, according to prosecution sources and local media. Thirteen policy advisers and other officials at the presidential Blue House tendered their resignations to Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who serves as government caretaker, on Monday.

After being removed from office, Park has lost her presidential immunity and will likely face a direct investigation over allegations she colluded with a longtime confidante, Choi Soon-sil, to extort money from businesses and allow Choi to meddle in state affairs though she has never held an official post.

The dogs became instant stars, with unmarried Park regularly posting photos of herself cuddling her four-legged family on her Facebook page, and jokingly referring to them as the "real power holders" at the complex.

When Ms Park took office in February 2013, she moved into the Blue House with two puppies named Saerom and Heemang - "New" and "Hope" respectively in Korean - given to her by her former neighbours.

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There was no immediate comment from Ms Park. Three people died and dozens were injured in violent clashes between Park's supporters and police following Friday's court ruling.

South Korea's main opposition party has called Park's statement "shocking" and "very regrettable" because she did not express remorse.

A spokesman for the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said investigators would summon Park, with a date to be fixed on Wednesday.

"Ewha protests were the key to the impeachment", said Lee Taek-Gwang, a professor of cultural studies at South Korea's Kyunghee University.

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