Former President Park Geun-hye arrived at her private residence after leaving the presidential office on Sunday, two days after the Constitutional Court upheld her impeachment.
In a statement read by her former spokesman, she apologized to the nation and vowed to clarify the truth behind the corruption allegations that led to her ouster.
"I would like to express my apology for failing to fulfill my duty to the end," Park said. "Although it may take time, I believe the truth will eventually be revealed," she added.
Ending a some four-year stay in the presidential mansion, Park returned to her house in Samseong neighborhood, southern Seoul. Hundreds of supporters were waiting for her arrival, chanting "Park Geun-hye, the President!" and "Cancel the impeachment!"
Pro-Park lawmakers from the Liberty Korea Party also greeted Park upon her arrival.
|Former President Park Geun-hye waves to her supporters inside a car upon arriving at her private home in southern Seoul on March 12, 2017. (Yonhap)|
The Constitutional Court upheld Park's impeachment over a corruption scandal on Friday. But she had stayed in the presidential complex while keeping silent on the ruling, prompting rivals to criticize her for behaving as if she won't accept the result.
As rumors of Park's possible early return spread in the afternoon, hundreds of her supporters gathered in front of the house, where she lived from 1990 to 2013 before moving into the presidential office.
A some 1,000-strong police force was deployed around the house to prevent possible violence.
|Sedans carrying ousted President Park Geun-hye and guards leave the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae for her private residence in southern Seoul on March 12, 2017, two days after she was removed from office at her impeachment trial at the Constitutional Court. (Yonhap)|
Park's aides said the repair work of her house began immediately after the court ruling Friday.
The residential boiler at her home was fixed and other home furnishings, such as wallpaper were being prepared on Sunday. A space where her security guards can stay is being created inside the residence, according to other sources. (Yonhap)
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