Former President Park Geun-hye is expected to leave the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae on Sunday, political sources said, two days after the Constitutional Court upheld her impeachment.
An official from the presidential office said Park will leave Cheong Wa Dae before 6:00 p.m.
Park is set to return to her home in Samseong-dong, located in southern Seoul. She lived in the house from 1990 to 2013 before moving into the presidential office. The house was built in 1983.
Park, however, has been remaining silent over the latest ruling by the Constitutional Court, despite the rising call from the opposition bloc that the former president should announce that she accepts the result.
The presidential office originally planned to remodel the house before she finished her term in office February 2018.
Park's aides said the repair work of her house began immediately after the court ruling Friday. So far, the residential boiler at her home has been fixed and other home furnishings, such as wall papering, will likely be done by Sunday. A space where her security guards can stay is being created inside the residence, according to other sources.
As of 3 p.m., preparations for park's relocation appeared to be in the final stage.
Workers were spotted coming in and out of the home to lay new floor paper early in the morning. Trucks loaded with new heaters, home appliances as well as technicians from high-speed Internet services were seen coming into the house later.
But as rumors of Park's possible early return on Sunday spread, hundreds of her supporters gathered in front of the house with the national flags of South Korea and the United States in their hands.
Some 1,000-strong police forces are in place around the house to prevent possible attacks.
It is unclear whether she will issue a statement on the impeachment ruling before leaving Cheong Wa Dae. (Yonhap)
|Police stand near Former President Park Geun-hye's private home in Seoul on March 12, 2017.|
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