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The Impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye

The impeachment of Park Geun-hye, the 11th President of South Korea, was the culmination of a political scandal involving interventions to the presidency from her aide.

The impeachment vote took place on December 9, 2016, with 234 members of the 300-member National Assembly voting in favor of the impeachment and temporary suspension of Park Geun-hye’s presidential powers and duties. Thus, Hwang Kyo-ahn, then Prime Minister, became the acting president while the Constitutional Court of Korea was due to determine whether to accept the impeachment. The court upheld the impeachment in a unanimous 8–0 decision on March 10, 2017, removing President Park from office. Park is currently held under arrest at Seoul Detention Center.

A fresh election was held on May 9, 2017, electing Moon Jae-in, former leader of the Democratic Party, as the next president.

Facts about President Park Geun-hye:

  • She is the first woman to be elected President of South Korea – was also the first female president popularly elected as head of state in East Asia.
  • Her father, the late dictator, President Park Chung-hee was the 3rd President of South Korea from 1963 to 1979.
  • She is the first democratically elected South Korean president to be forced from office.
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