23 March 2018

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12/09/2016 SOUTH KOREA

South Korean parliament votes to impeach President Park Geun-hye

Members of her own party voted against her. Decision now rests with Constitutional Court. If ousted, Park would be the first South Korean president to undergo such a fate.

Seoul (AsiaNews) - The South Korean parliament has voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye accused of various scandals and irresponsibility regarding security.

The impeachment motion was passed by 234 votes to 56. This means that dozens of members of Park’s own  Saenuri Party also voted in favor.

The authority of the President now passes to the Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn. The vote means that Park's powers are suspended, but the final decision must be taken by the Constitutional Court, composed of nine judges, who have six months to rule on the issue.

AsiaNews Korean sources agree with the decision: "She is corrupt and shallow, she allowed her relationship with her friend Choi Soon-sil, determine  our domestic and foreign policy, even toward North Korea, without being part of 'executive".

The crisis of the Park erupted after the revelations about her relationship with Choi Soon-sil, also accused of corruption who was able to exploit her relationship with the president to receive funding for foundations and favors from businesses and politicians.

For weeks, millions of Koreans have marched in several cities to demand Park resign from the Presidency. If ousted, the Park would be the first South Korean president to suffer such a fate.

See also

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Trial opens against President Park Geun-hye

MEPs: "She severely and profoundly violated the constitution". Her lawyer: "unjustly condemned, like Jesus or Socrates"

09/03/2017 10:02:00 SOUTH KOREA
Religious leaders ask Seoul to avoid conflicts and divisions after court's decision on Park impeachment

President of the Episcopal Conference: Avoid Disaster. The nation's constitutional rules are still healthy. Council of Korean Protestant churches: mature citizens to shape a better Korea. Buddhist: The verdict an occasion for the "revival of the peace" after the divisions of the past months. The Constitutional Court decides tomorrow at 11.

10/03/2017 09:37:00 SOUTH KOREA
The Constitutional Court confirms the removal of President Park

"She has betrayed the trust of the people and the Constitution." Two pro-Park supporters, were killed during a demonstration in front of the Court. Elections in May.

31/03/2017 10:06:00 SOUTH KOREA
Former President Park arrested for corruption

The decision by the Seoul Court after nine hours of hearing. Park is accused of corruption, abuse of authority and revelation of state secrets. She denies any wrongdoing. She is the third president to be imprisoned and risks a sentence of 10 years.

27/03/2017 16:57:00 SOUTH KOREA
Prosecutors ask Seoul court to arrest former President Park Geun-hye

If the Seoul District Court agrees with the request and issues the arrest warrant, Park will be the first former South Korean president to be arrested since 1995. The charges against her include abuse of office, bribery and leaking government documents.

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