South Korean opposition wants to start impeachment process

South Korean opposition wants to start impeachment processSouth Korean opposition parties are taking steps towards President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment.

The country’s People’s Party is planning to commence collecting signatures for an impeachment motion, while the Democratic Party is going review the impeachment conditions.

It comes after South Korean prosecutors said on Sunday they believed Park was an accomplice in an influence-peddling scandal that has rocked her administration.

Park is accused of conspiring with her friend, Choi Soon-sil, who allegedly manipulated government affairs and exploited her presidential ties to amass an illicit fortune.

South Korean prosecutors plan to question Park soon over the political scandal, however, the date of questioning is currently undecided.

The People's Party, with 38 seats in the single-chamber 300-member parliament, has started efforts to remove Park from office and will talk with other parties to get signatures for an impeachment motion, said a party spokesman Lee Yong-ho.

An impeachment motion requires at least half of the parliament to start and needs a two-thirds majority to pass.

The Democratic Party, which has 121 seats, said on Monday it would start reviewing the conditions for impeachment proceedings but did not commit to starting the motion.

"Impeachment proceedings need perfect preparations as much is possible,"
Choo Mi-ae, head of the Democratic Party told a party meeting, adding the best scenario was for Park to step down.

The collecting of signatures follows recent mass protests in Seoul demanding for an end to Park’s presidency. Organisers claim some 500,000 people attended the rally in the capital over the weekend.

Police, however, say the figure is much lower. This marks the largest protest since pro-democracy demonstrations in the 1980s.
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