The ruling Grand National Party braced for major fallout as a whistle-blower accused Rep. Park Hee-tae, former party chairman and current parliamentary speaker, of bribing fellow lawmakers in a prior leadership election. The party's interim decision-making body effectively demanded that Park resign but decided to retain the GNP name, dismissing calls for party disbandment. Rep. Koh Seung-duk, who attended prosecutorial questioning for hours on Sunday, confirmed that the person who attempted to bribe him was the parliamentary speaker. "The envelope contained the name card of Rep. Park Hee-tae," he told reporters after questioning.
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