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.
MEPs: "She severely and profoundly violated the constitution". Her lawyer: "unjustly condemned, like Jesus or Socrates"
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.
"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.
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.
Opposition parties plan to present a motion in parliament in two-days time. Demonstrations take place in different South Korean cities. In Seoul alone, some 1.5 million people come together.