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South Korea: National Assembly votes to impeach President Park01:59

South Korea: National Assembly votes to impeach President Park

Korea, Republic of, Seoul
December 9, 2016 at 16:47 GMT -00:00 · Published

South Korea's National Assembly passed a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over corruption allegations, in Seoul on Friday. The motion passed by 234 votes to 56, with nine invalid votes and abstentions, suggesting that a significant number of Park's ruling-Saenuri party voted for the impeachment.

Park is expected to try and stay in office until the vote is ratified by the country's constitutional court, a process that might take up to six months. The passing of the impeachment bill will mean that she is stripped of powers, with her duties being temporarily transferred to Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn. The transfer of power will last the duration of the court case, which will be settled if six of the court's nine judges support the motion. Upon the potential settlement, Park will be removed from office and a new presidential election will be held within 60 days.

The impeachment vote comes after accusations that Park conspired to extort tens of millions of dollars from South Korean businesses along with old friend Choi Soon-sil. Park is accused of granting her friend undue influence over her presidential decisions, which allegedly allowed Choi to solicit business donations for her own non-profit fund. Choi was arrested over the allegations on November 3.

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South Korea's National Assembly passed a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over corruption allegations, in Seoul on Friday. The motion passed by 234 votes to 56, with nine invalid votes and abstentions, suggesting that a significant number of Park's ruling-Saenuri party voted for the impeachment.

Park is expected to try and stay in office until the vote is ratified by the country's constitutional court, a process that might take up to six months. The passing of the impeachment bill will mean that she is stripped of powers, with her duties being temporarily transferred to Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn. The transfer of power will last the duration of the court case, which will be settled if six of the court's nine judges support the motion. Upon the potential settlement, Park will be removed from office and a new presidential election will be held within 60 days.

The impeachment vote comes after accusations that Park conspired to extort tens of millions of dollars from South Korean businesses along with old friend Choi Soon-sil. Park is accused of granting her friend undue influence over her presidential decisions, which allegedly allowed Choi to solicit business donations for her own non-profit fund. Choi was arrested over the allegations on November 3.

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