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South Korean President Park Geun-hye impeached over corruption scandal

South Korean President Park Geun-hye impeached over corruption scandal

With an earlier-than-planned presidential election due to take place within the next 60 days - May 9 is deemed a plausible date - support ratings for potential presidential candidates are now topped by Moon Jae-in, former chairman of the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea.

'The removal of the claimee from office is overwhelmingly to the benefit of the protection of the constitution. By law, the country should elect a new leader in two months. "We dismiss the defendant President Park", said Lee.

The Friday unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court upheld the parliamentary move.

In 2004, South Korea's parliament impeached another president, Roh Moo-hyun, but the Constitutional Court later reinstated him.

The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) urged Park to declare that she will accept whatever outcome for the sake of national unity, reflecting political opinion outside of the conservative ruling camp.

Prosecutors have been investigating allegations that Park pressured top business executives, including Samsung's Lee, to donate tens of millions of dollars to foundations run by her friend Choi Soon-sil in return for government favors. The nation's acting president is calling for unity and calm as the impeached former President Park Geun-hye packs her bags. Without presidential immunity, she inevitably must comply with prosecution probe.


Election law now requires a snap poll to be held within 60 days. Lee's trial for bribery and embezzlement began on Thursday, in a court case being billed as the trial of the century.

Oct 31, 2016: State prosecutors arrest Choi on suspicion of exerting inappropriate influence over state affairs.

Both women have denied wrongdoing.

The ruling sparked protests from hundreds of her supporters, two of whom were killed in clashes with police outside the court. The acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, will remain in office until the election, which is expected May 9. Iceland has had a female president or prime minister in 20 of the past 50 years.

US and South Korean marines participate in the endurance exercise in temperature below minus 20 degrees celsius under a scenario to defend the country from any possible attacks from North Korea. "This was also the beginning when her own political career started to unravel because of some personal scandals involved, and I would say that between South Korea and the USA a lot also depends on who eventually will win the presidential election in the coming two months or so", he said.


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