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Former South Korean President Lee faces bribery questions

Repeated corruption scandals suggest leaders have too much power, experts say

South Korea's former President Lee Myung-bak, center, speaks as he arrives at the prosecutors' office in Seoul on March 14.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was questioned Wednesday over allegations of taking 11 billion won ($10.3 million) in bribes from corporations and institutions, including Samsung, Hyundai Motor, and the country's spy agency.

Lee is the fifth former head of state to face investigation during his or her term, raising the question of whether too much power in the hands of the president lays the seeds for wrongdoing and feeds persistent political volatility in the system.

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