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South Korean president Park removed from office by court over corruption scandal

South Korean president Park removed from office by court over corruption scandalThe country’s constitutional court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach Park Geun-hye over a corruption and cronyism scandal that could see her face criminal charges.

This is reported by The Guardian.

Park will immediately forfeit the executive immunity she enjoyed as president, meaning prosecutors can summon, question and possibly arrest her.

South Korea has 60 days to elect a new leader after the court’s eight justices unanimously supported the impeachment motion, passed overwhelmingly in December by the national assembly, which accused Park of extortion, bribery, abuse of power and leaking government secrets.

The acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, who took charge in December after Park’s powers were frozen, called on his administration to close the deep divisions the scandal had created among South Koreans.

“I respect the constitutional court’s decision … The cabinet should carry out state affairs in a stable way and manage social order to prevent internal conflict from intensifying,” he told a cabinet meeting.
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