Ex-President Park will be discharged from hospital later this month

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SEOUL, March 16 (Yonhap) — Former President Park Geun-hye is expected to be discharged from hospital later this month, aides said Wednesday, as she prepares to move into a new residence in his hometown of Daegu.

Park stayed in a Seoul hospital for treatment even after she was released on a presidential pardon in December.

An exact date for Park’s discharge has not been determined, but she could leave hospital as early as next week, her aides say.

Park, 70, completed his change of address at the new residence in Daegu on March 2, and workers were seen moving a load of household items two days later, leading to speculation that his discharge was imminent.

The political community has been watching Park’s move closely, as she previously said she may issue a public message after her release.

In particular, observers are monitoring whether Park will mention President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol in her post.

Yoon, a former prosecutor, led the investigation into Park’s corruption scandal that ultimately led to her impeachment, ousting and imprisonment in 2017.

During his campaign, Yoon said he was sorry for Park’s corruption probe, as he apparently tried to mend their troubled past relationship in order to shore up conservative voters for the presidential race.

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

Meanwhile, Park’s supporters plan to hold a welcoming ceremony for her outside her new residence on Friday.

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