Written by Staff Writer
10 Mar, 2017 | 12:40 pm
South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye has become the country’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from Office.
Judges unanimously upheld Parliament’s decision to impeach her over her role in a corruption scandal involving close friend Choi Soon-sil.
Park’s dismissal from office means South Korea must now elect a new President by early May.
She also loses her Presidential immunity and can be prosecuted.
Park has been suspended from Presidential duties since December, with the country’s Prime Minister taking over her responsibilities.
Meanwhile, Choi has been charged with bribery and corruption for allegedly pressuring big companies to give money in return for government favours. Park has been accused of colluding with her.
However, both women have denied wrongdoing.
The verdict, this morning, prompted mixed emotions in the crowd outside the Constitutional Court with loud cheers among anti-Park protesters while her supporters were seen shouting angrily or in tears.
Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye scuffled with police outside the Constitutional Court moments after the decision was announced to uphold the leader’s impeachment.
Thousands of pro-Park protesters took to the streets of Seoul, pushing their way through police barricades, some even jumping on top of police buses.
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