Lee's senior aide offers to resign over alleged bribery scandal

February 10, 2012 11:00 pm 

SEOUL, Feb. 10 — President Lee Myung-bak's senior political affairs secretary offered to resign on Friday amid allegations he played a key role in outgoing National Assembly Speaker Park Hee-tae's suspected bribery of fellow lawmakers before Park was elected the ruling party leader nearly four years ago.

Kim Hyo-jae has been beleaguered by suspicions his former aide delivered envelopes of cash to some lawmakers of the Grand National Party, now renamed the Saenuri Party, immediately before the party's July 2008 chairmanship election.

Kim was the policy monitoring chief for Park's election camp before being appointed as a senior presidential secretary last year.

On Thursday, Park resigned as parliamentary speaker, claiming responsibility for the vote-buying scandal. (PNA/Yonhap)

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