Young South Koreans are jubilant over their president's firing
Mar 11 2017
A South Korean court on Friday affirmed parliament's decision to impeach President Park Geun-hye amid a corruption probe, removing her from office in one of the most stunning political downfalls in the nation's history.
In a televised ruling, acting chief justice Lee Jung-mi said Park's "violation of the country's constitution and law were grave enough to warrant her permanent ouster".
Park's Liberty Korea Party, formerly known as Saenuri, has yet to put forth a viable presidential candidate.
Park, 65, no longer has immunity as president, and could now face criminal charges over bribery, extortion and abuse of power.
Ms Choi is accused of using her presidential connections to pressure some of South Korea's biggest companies into giving millions of dollars in donations to two non-profit foundations she controlled. According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, although the list of countries that have had female leaders continues to grow, women rarely hold office for more than a few years, and they're usually replaced by men.
The front runner for president is Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party, who represents a hopeful break from eight years of conservative rule that has brought tensions in northeast Asia to a unsafe level.
"Her actions betrayed the people's confidence". China is also vehemently opposed to the roll out of a USA missile defence system in South Korea, which began this week. Park supporters, gathered near Seoul's Constitutional Court and reportedly numbering in the thousands, were hemmed by a ring of police officers and vehicles.
The confirmation of the removal and the calling of new elections as provided for in the South Korean constitution come at a hard time for the country.
A productive relationship is expected to prevail for the remaining term of acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, and with whoever is elected as the next president, the US statement read.
The Constitutional Court on Friday readies to deliver its impeachment verdict on Park Geun-hye. "We dismiss the defendant President Park", said Lee. Moon Jae-in, who lost to Park in the 2012 election and is seen as a frontrunner to replace her, was quick to cheer the president's removal from office.
The ruling Liberty Korea Party, formerly known as Saenuri, apologised to the people, saying it "failed to fulfil our duty as the ruling party and failed to protect the dignity and pride of South Korea".
But the ruling means she is the first leader to be stripped of presidential powers since the country became a democracy in the late 1980s.