Rep. Kim Jung-hoon of the GNP said, however, the suspects were not under influence of alcohol when they attacked Park.
After blood test, the police later said that one of the assailants responsible for attacking Park with a knife was proven to be free from alcohol or other drug influence.Police said Ji approached Park as if to shake her hand, but instead took out his box cutter to attack her. His accomplice then punched her in the face.The office of President Roh Moo-hyun and both ruling and other opposition parties immediately criticized Saturday's assault on opposition leader Park as an "unpardonable incident" and called for a thorough investigation.Foreign news agencies reported that a possible candidate for next year's Korean presidential election was attacked during campaign.Reuters said that Park Geun-hye, head of the Grand National Party and daughter of former president Park Chung-hee who was assassinated in 1979, was hurried to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery.
She received several dozens stitches on her right cheek and she will probably be discharged on Sunday, Reuters quoted Grand National Party spokesman Lee as having saidSouth Koreans will vote on May 31 to elect heads of provincial governments and provincial council members including Seoul city mayor.
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