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South Korea: Pro- and anti-Park protesters rally ahead of impeachment verdict00:58

South Korea: Pro- and anti-Park protesters rally ahead of impeachment verdict

Korea, Republic of, Seoul
March 4, 2017 at 13:32 GMT -00:00 · Published

Supporters and opponents of the decision to impeach South Korean President Park Geun Hye gathered for two separate rallies in Seoul on Saturday, ahead of the Constitutional Court's decision on whether to ratify the impeachment.

Pro-Park supporters gathered near the City Hall metro station where they chanted and held banners reading 'invalid impeachment.' Anti-Park protesters meanwhile gathered at Gwanghwamun Sqaure. A police cordon kept the two sets of demonstrators apart.

Park has been accused of allowing a close friend undue influence over her presidential decisions. She has denied any intentional wrong-doing but apologised for being careless.

Out of 300 members of parliament, 234 voted to have Park expelled, while 56 stood behind the president. It is now up to the Constitutional Court, on March 10, to decide whether the impeachment should be upheld. If the motion is accepted Park would become South Korea's first elected leader to be removed from office before the end of their term.

South Korea: Pro- and anti-Park protesters rally ahead of impeachment verdict00:58
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Supporters and opponents of the decision to impeach South Korean President Park Geun Hye gathered for two separate rallies in Seoul on Saturday, ahead of the Constitutional Court's decision on whether to ratify the impeachment.

Pro-Park supporters gathered near the City Hall metro station where they chanted and held banners reading 'invalid impeachment.' Anti-Park protesters meanwhile gathered at Gwanghwamun Sqaure. A police cordon kept the two sets of demonstrators apart.

Park has been accused of allowing a close friend undue influence over her presidential decisions. She has denied any intentional wrong-doing but apologised for being careless.

Out of 300 members of parliament, 234 voted to have Park expelled, while 56 stood behind the president. It is now up to the Constitutional Court, on March 10, to decide whether the impeachment should be upheld. If the motion is accepted Park would become South Korea's first elected leader to be removed from office before the end of their term.

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