An opposition lawmaker was suspended for six months Thursday for hosting an exhibition to display a parody painting portraying President Park Geun-hye in the nude at a parliamentary building
An ethics panel of the main opposition Democratic Party suspended Pyo Chang-won from party posts for six months. The ruling Saenuri Party and conservative groups have blasted Pyo for insulting and sexually harassing Park.
Pyo said on Facebook that he "humbly" accepts the decision, apologizing again for bringing "displeasure and uncomfortable feelings" to many women.
The parody composition of "Olympia" by French painter Édouard Manet (1832–1883) and "Sleeping Venus" by Italian painter Giorgione (1477/8–1510) showed Park's jailed crony, Choi Soon-sil, holding a bunch of syringes against the background of a sinking ship.
Park was impeached in parliament partly for neglecting her duty to supervise a rescue operation in 2014 when a ferry packed with high-school students sank off the southwest coast with the loss of more than 300 lives.