S. Korean President Park Geun-hye removed from office
Mar 10 2017 by Lorena Waters
The court's decision strips Park of her immunity from criminal prosecution, which will force her to undergo interrogation by prosecutors over her alleged crimes.
From right to left, former Minjoo Party leader Moon Jae-in, Justice Party leader Shim Sang-jung, former People's Party leader Ahn Cheol-soo and Seongnam Mayor Lee Jae-myung hold placards reading "We will save democracy", at Seoul City Hall, on International Women's Day, Mar. 8.
Park, 65, came to power in 2012.
Lee Jae-yong (center), vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives to be questioned as a suspect in a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye, at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul, Feb. 13, 2017. A recent poll showed more than 70 percent supported her impeachment.
Parliament voted overwhelmingly on December 9 to impeach Park over an influence-peddling scandal.
Park was suspended from official duties in December after being accused of colluding with a friend who allegedly pressured companies to donate money in return for government favours. Among the hopefuls to replace Park, several have staked out campaign positions that promise to challenge some aspects of the disgraced president's legacy. Choi is being tried for abuse of power and fraud.
The allegations leveled towards Park include bribery, failure to protect citizens during the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster and violation of sovereignty for leaking confidential information to Choi.
Park has faced awful approval ratings and massive protests since it emerged that Choi had access to confidential government documents, despite having no official office.
President Park's relationship with Choi and her father, Choi Tae-min, has always been a source of controversy in South Korea.
Details of the second death have not been disclosed.
The decision is "final and unchallengable", according to the Korea Herald. She had been the de facto first lady after her mother was shot and killed in an earlier failed assassination attempt on her father.
Park issued an apology, but denied the accusations.
"As there are many South Korean holidays on the first week of May, the chances are high that the election will be held on May 9, 60 days after impeachment".
North Korea's test-firing of four ballistic missiles ratcheted up concerns about the nation's nuclear program.