First lady of South Korea receives Dior bag and generates political crisis

First lady of South Korea receives Dior bag and generates political crisis
First lady of South Korea receives Dior bag and generates political crisis
-

02/02/2024 10:35, updated 02/02/2024 12:29

The Dior bag received as a gift by South Korea’s first lady, Kim Keon-hee, in a private audience, turned into a political scandal with the potential to harm President Yoon Suk Yeol’s party in the April 17, 2024 parliamentary elections .

The video in question was recorded in September 2022, but became public knowledge at the end of last year. The images showed Kim accepting a US$2.2 thousand (R$5.9 thousand) Dior bag given by Korean-American pastor Choi Jae-young, when he welcomed him into his personal office.

The images were taken by Choi with a camera hidden inside his wristwatch.

“Why do you keep bringing this up? Please, you don’t have to do this,” Kim says in the video.

A response that raised further questions about other possible gifts that Kim could have received. The pastor stated that he also gave a gift set of Chanel cosmetics worth U$1,300 (R$6,400) to the first lady a month after her husband’s presidential inauguration in 2022.

Influence of the first lady on her husband’s government

{{#values}}{{#ap}}{{/ap}}{{^ap}}{{/ap}}{{/values}}

Choi Jae-young stated that he released the video because he heard Kim Keon-hee’s conversation. In the dialogue, he said, she appeared to be playing a role in the appointment of a senior government official, which was unacceptable in his eyes.

Kim has generated great controversy throughout Yoon’s government, as she plays a much more active role within the presidency than other presidents’ wives have done.

Even in the face of all the criticism, both within his own party and from the opposition, President Yoon Suk Yeol remained in defense of his wife.

According to Korean political analysts, the way the government handled the crisis demonstrates the size of the influence that Kim has within the presidential office.


The article is in Portuguese

Tags: lady South Korea receives Dior bag generates political crisis

-

-

PREV ‘Blood rain’ phenomenon is predicted for the United Kingdom; understand – World
NEXT After resource cuts, Netanyahu proposes closing UN agency in Gaza