South Korea's Constitutional Court upholds President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment

The Constitutional Court in South Korea upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye on Friday. She has now been formally removed from office over a bribery and big business corruption scandal that dragged on for months. Park is the first democratically elected leader in South Korea to be kicked out of office. The nation's constitution states that presidential election shall be held in 60 days.

And now the question is, will they “lock her up”?

Early report from South Korean Yonhap News Agency:

The Constitutional Court upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye Friday, removing her from office after a 92-day leadership crisis and triggering a presidential election in the weeks to come.

The ruling, which was announced by the court's acting chief and televised live, made Park the nation's first democratically elected leader to be ousted.

She was impeached by parliament on Dec. 9 on charges of letting a close friend meddle in state affairs, colluding with her to extort money from conglomerates, and neglecting her duties during a 2014 ferry sinking that killed more than 300.

An election to pick her successor must be held within 60 days and many expect it to fall on May 9.

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye smiles as she attends the ASEAN plus South Korea meeting during ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

More at Reuters.

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  1. South Korea's Constitutional Court upholds President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment

    See Americans! You can get rid of a useless politician.

  2. lava says:

    impeachment - its the new black

  3. Just to be clear, this is a good thing, right? I don't follow Korean politics much.

  4. Those are impeachable offenses? Here we call that draining the swamp.

  5. Just to be clear, this is a good thing, right?

    Last I checked they're still investigating and nothing has been proven in regards to the accusations that she let her nutty cult leader know state secrets. However her nutty cult leader and the heads of a few chaebol did use and abuse the relationship between them. This could be dated info though. I only follow the politics here occasionally because I'm not fluent in the language and most of the expats who do report on it tend to be proud owners of MAGA caps (The swastika neck tattoo of the 21st century) so it's hard to cut through their editorializing on it. However, it seems North Korea will be taking over by this time yesterday.

    IMO most of the anger towards her stems from the massive-fuck-up-on-all-levels that was the Sewol tragedy on top of general social and economic malaise. This doesn't mean that Park is an innocent, but she and her party were going to have their heads on the chopping block one way or another. Koreans can be a bit... uhm... passionate about things.

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