South Korean President Park Guan- Hye removed after impeachment

South Korean President Park Guan- Hye removed after impeachment
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South Korean President Park Guan- Hye was removed from office by the country’s Constitutional Court over a corruption scandal on March 10, 2017. It is the first time a democratically- elected president has ever been removed from office in South Korea.

Highlights of President’s Impeachment:

  • South Korean President Park Guan- Hye was involved in wide- ranging corruption and cronyism scandal.
  • She along with her long time confidante, Choi Soon- Sil are accused of conspiring to pressure companies, including Samsung, to make donations of large amounts of money to two non- profit foundations that was set up by Choi.
  • Choi is accused of using the money of donation for personal interest.
  • Park is also accused of allowing Choi illegal access to state affairs.
  • Park allowed Choi to influence policy, including Seoul’s stance on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
  • A fresh election will be held on May 9, 2017.
  • South Korea’s government put the military and police on heightened alert after the court decision.

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