A man watches a TV screen showing the news program about South Korean President Park Geun-hye's apology, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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South Korean prosecutors Thursday set up a high-powered "task-force" to probe a widening scandal involving alleged influence-peddling by a close confidante of President Park Geun-Hye.Choi Soon-Sil, an enigmatic woman with no government position, was already part of an investigation into allegations that she used her relationship with the president to strong-arm conglomerates into multi-million dollar donations to two non-profit foundations.The scandal snowballed when it emerged that Choi had also been given advance access to presidential speeches and other documents -- a revelation that forced Park to make a televised public apology.South Korean media reports have suggested Choi revised Park's speeches and may have influenced key government appointments and even the president's North Korea policy.Park has just over a year left in office, with presidential elections slated for December, 2017 .
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