Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

Two dead as Korean leader DEPOSED sparking riots

Two dead as Korean leader DEPOSED sparking riots

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was sacked by the country's top court on Friday, as it upheld her impeachment by parliament over a wide-ranging corruption scandal.

The court's acting chief judge, Lee Jung-mi, said Park had violated the constitution and law "throughout her term" and, despite the objections of the legislature and the media, had concealed the truth and cracked down on critics. He will soon announce a snap presidential election, which is constitutionally required to happen within 60 days.

Park Chung-hee's daughter was the first female president of South Korea. One of Park's lawyers even told the court last month that there will be "a rebellion and blood will drench the asphalts" if Park is booted from office, but a criminal court later acquits her of her charges.

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.

Current polls suggest Moon Jae-in is in a strong position to win the main opposition Minjoo Party primary.

Some compared it to the impeached president, who prosecutors say summoned her hair stylist to her office several hours after a ferry sank in 2014, killing hundreds of teenagers. It has coincided with a resurgence in the North's nuclear program and an escalation in regional tensions over an advanced U.S. antimissile system being deployed south of Seoul.

Some South Koreans saw the apparent mistake as a sign of Lee's dedication to her work. Until then, prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will remain in his current position as interim president.

After months of political wrangling, legal drama and historic protests, a decision on the fate of scandal-plagued President Park Geun-hye is expected Friday.

Ms Park has not had any presidential powers since December, when parliament voted to impeach her.

The Friday unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court upheld the parliamentary move. Park is the country's first democratically elected leader to be removed from office and her dismissal and the manner in which it occurred have further damaged the political system. Election of someone with such views would be good for South Korea, Beijing and the region. Interestingly, the Blue House house had been her childhood home. She had refused to undergo questioning, saying as a sitting leader she was legally immune from prosecution.

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