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Ruling party says it respects acting president's decision not to extend special probe

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South Korea's ruling Liberty Korea Party said Monday it respects the acting president's decision not to extend the special probe into a corruption scandal involving President Park Geun-hye.

Earlier in the day, Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn rejected the independent counsel's request to extend the term of the independent counsel, which ends Tuesday.

"Hwang has made a stern decision for the sake of national interests and stability, unaffected by illegitimate threats and pressure. We respect it," said Rep. Chung Woo-taik, the floor leader of the Liberty Korea Party.

While the opposition parties demanded a month's extension, the ruling party has been opposed to a prolonged investigation, which it fears would help the opposition bloc in the presidential election.

The whip said the remaining part of the investigation can be carried out by state prosecutors. (Yonhap)

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