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Key aide to S. Korean president offers to resign over vote-buying scandal

02-10-2012 17:15 BJT

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- A key aide to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak offered to step down Friday amid allegations he was involved in a vote-buying scandal in 2008, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Kim Hyo-jae, the senior presidential secretary for political affairs, has come under suspicion that he was involved in bribing lawmakers ahead of the ruling party's leadership contest in 2008.

Kim served as a secretary for Park Hee-tae, who was elected head of the conservative ruling Grand National Party, currently the Saenuriy Party, after his alleged vote-buying attempts.

Park offered to resign Thursday over the scandal, while denying his involvement.

The scandal has been a blow to the ruling party, as it struggles to recover from a series of recent election defeats and other scandals ahead of key polls this year.

Both Kim and Park are expected to be summoned soon by prosecutors for questioning.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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