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Democratic Party calls for immediate suspension of Park's policies

The Democratic Party on Friday claimed the controversial security and diplomatic policies promoted by former President Park Geun-hye should immediately be suspended as she is permanently removed from office following the Constitutional Court's ruling.

"Everyone should absolutely concede with the decision," Rep. Choo Mi-ae, the head of the Democratic Party said. "We should end the irresponsible acts of sparking social confusion or division, and instead join forces in recovering the constitutional values and normalizing state affairs."

Choo claimed Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is also cited as a potential presidential hopeful, is responsible for the confusion in the economic, diplomatic, and security areas.

Rep. Choo Mi-ae, the head of the Democratic Party (Yonhap)

"If (Hwang) is not going to step down by himself, we urge him to immediately suspend all wrongful diplomatic and security policies from the past government, along with other policies that give adverse impact on the livelihood of the people," Choo said.

The party head said Hwang should only focus on organizing a neutral election to pick a new leader. South Korea has 60 days to elect a new president.

The Democratic Party has been protesting against Park's key policies, including the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the country. The United States began moving the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery to South Korea this week.

Choo also urged the prosecutors to carry out an investigation against Park. The independent counsel looking into the case ended its probe last month as the acting president declined to approve an extension.

Park So-yeon  edt@koreapost.com

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