South Korea’s parliament votes to impeach Park Geun-hye

World - Mohit Shah - Dec 09,2016

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south koreas parliament votes to impeach park geun hye

The lawmakers in South Korea have voted to impeach the President Park Geun-hye, due to her involvement in the corruption scandal that has distressed the nation since several months.

During the latest proceedings in South Korea’s parliament, 234 votes were passed in favor to discredit Park Geun-hye as the President. However, 56 votes were in support for Park, supposedly from the ruling Saenuri party.
 
In the past few weeks, thousands of protestors took to the street demanding the removal of Ms. Park. By the end of last month, more than 500,000 protestors raided the streets all across the nation to express their anger against the corrupt president. A total of 1.5 million people had alone gathered in the capital city of Seoul, with the active involvement of Korean Peasants League. 

The whole buildup for this nationwide chaos is due to the connection between Ms. Park and a close friend, Choi Soon-sil. Choi has been accused of misusing her political link to gain influence and financial advantages. She has been taken into custody on the charges of abuse of power and coercion. 

Ms. Park and Ms. Choi have been close friends since the early 1970s, when Ms. Park become the first lady. After the election of Ms. Park as South Korea’s President in 2013, Ms Choi utilized the bond of friendship to pressurize prominent corporations in the country to offer donation for two foundations which were directly managed under her control. 

This parliamentary vote highlights that Ms. Park has been suspended and the case will be passed on to the Constitutional Court. The court has a period of 180 days to announce a final decision. South Korea’s Prime Minister, Hwang Kyo-ahn, has been appointed as the interim president.
 
After the voting result in the parliament, Ms. Park again apologized and accepted that she “created this national chaos” due to her carelessness.