Embattled South Korean President Park Geun-hye has formally been removed from office after a Constitutional Court unanimously ordered her to step down thereby upholding her impeachment.
Park’s verdict was delivered by eight judges assembled on Friday to issue a verdict to remove her from office over a corruption scandal.
It marks the first time a South Korean president has been ousted before the end of their term since democracy replaced dictatorship in the late 1980’s.
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Park’s action had “seriously impaired the spirit of… democracy and the rule of law,” said constitutional court chief justice Lee Jung-Mi. “President Park Geun-hye… has been dismissed.”
The controversy and anger surrounding Park is especially centered at her close ties with Choi Soon-sil, a longtime personal friend and a civilian with no official job title who is currently indicted with two others for extorting donations of 66 million dollars from 53 large corporations and meddling in state affairs.
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