Ex-president Park completes change of address at new residence in Daegu

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DAEGU, March 02 (Yonhap) — Former President Park Geun-hye has changed her address to a new residence in her hometown of Daegu amid growing doubts about when she will move in in his new home after his release following a presidential pardon.

Park remained in a Seoul hospital even after being released on a pardon in December. Her plans to move to Daegu were announced last month after Yoo Yeong-ha, a lawyer and Park’s assistant, revealed she had bought a house in the southern city.

On Wednesday, local officials in Daegu confirmed that a representative for Park had requested a transfer of residence on her behalf, suggesting she may soon move there.

Yoo had said earlier that Park could move in in early March. But others have speculated that his move could come later than expected, as the presidential security service recently said recruiting workers for facilities near Park’s residence would be completed in May.

The political community has closely watched Park’s move amid the presidential race, as she garnered strong support from voters in Daegu and North Gyeongsang province, a stronghold of the main opposition party, the People Power Party (PPP).

Park has been sentenced to a combined 22 years in prison since March 2017 after she was impeached and removed from office for large-scale corruption and an influence peddling scandal involving a close friend accused of manipulating her.

She served four years and nine months in prison before the pardon.

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