PRESIDENT Park Geun-hye could face criminal charges after she became the first democratically-elected leader of South Korea to be forced from office.It comes after hundreds of thousands took to the streets in protest demanding her resignation over a damning corruption scandal.But what is Park actually accused of doing and why has she been impeached?We examine the scandal which has led to the end of her political career in more detail.President Park is accused of letting a personal friend meddle in state affairs, triggering her approval rating to plummet to an all-time low of just 5 per cent.Park is accused of sharing classified documents with longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil, the daughter of Choi Tae-min.Choi Soon-sil and two presidential aides face charges of fraud, coercion and abuse of power over allegations she used her connection to Park to squeeze money out of businesses.Choi is said to have used her influence to persuade Korean companies such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai to … [Read more...] about What is the South Korea corruption scandal, what happened to President Park Geun-hye and who is Choi Soon-sil?
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LAWMAKERS in South Korea have voted to impeach their president Park Geun-hye after weeks of protest.Mass demonstrations calling for Park to resign swept the country, with her face pasted onto urinals and her approval ratings dropping to single digits.But why has South Korea's first female president been impeached, what does it mean and what will happen now?Park is the president of South Korea. The 64-year-old is the country's 11th president and became its first female leader when she was elected in February 2013.But she is currently suspended after the country's parliament overwhelmingly voted to impeach her by 234 to 56.It is the latest event in a career defined by unusual twists and turns.Park's first public role came in 1974, when her mother, Yuk Young-soo, was shot with a bullet intended for her husband, President Park Chung-hee.Park was just 22 but her father, a military general, urged his daughter to take up the role of South Korea's first lady in her place.He was … [Read more...] about Who is South Korea President Park Geun-hye and why has she been impeached?
In a speech to parliament on Monday, Park called on parliament to create a special committee to discuss revising the constitution, and called for the change to be completed before her term ends. The president said the current system makes it difficult for the government to maintain policy continuity, including those involving its North Korean neighbor which frequently issues threats against it. "Through the single-term presidency, it is difficult to maintain policy continuance, see results of policy and engage in unified foreign policy," she said. "I've reached a conclusion that we can no longer delay discussing amending the constitution, which was also my campaign promise, to break down limits we face in the big picture for the Republic of Korea's sustainable development." Park's term expires in February 2018. She insisted that a second term would not apply to her but to her successors. For years South Korean politicians have talked of amending the country's … [Read more...] about South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye calls for two-term, longer presidencies
South Korean authorities deployed more than 20,000 police to the streets of Seoul to maintain order on Friday following the ousting of President Park Geun-hye. Two people died in the capital city in protests against the Constitutional Court's decision to remove President Park Geun-hye from office. The eight-judge panel had upheld a Parliamentary vote to impeach Park for a graft scandal, opening the way for criminal proceedings. Park's "acts of violating the constitution and law are a betrayal of the public trust," acting Chief Justice Lee Jung-mi said. "The benefits of protecting the constitution that can be gained by dismissing the defendant are overwhelmingly large." Prosecutors had already named her a criminal suspect, making her South Korea's first democratically elected leader to be removed from office since democracy replaced dictatorship in the late 1980s. The president's confidante Choi Soon-sil was accused of extorting money from conglomerates such as Samsung. Protest deaths … [Read more...] about Toppling of South Korean President Park Geun-hye sparks widespread protests
The Constitutional Court formally removed President Park Geun-hye from office in a ruling on Friday. In a unanimous verdict, the eight-judge panel upheld the legal decision which means she loses her presidential immunity from prosecution. Chief Justice Lee Jung-Mi said that Park's actions had "seriously impaired the spirit of representative democracy and the rule of law." Park was impeached in December amid a corruption scandal. The president's close confidante Choi Soon-sil has been accused of extorting money from corporations such as Samsung. Park has denied any legal wrongdoing and involvement in Choi's actions. The court, however, found that Park should be held responsible. "Park concealed completely Choi's meddling in state affairs and denied it whenever suspicions over the act emerged and even criticized those who raised the suspicions," Justice Lee said. While Park has been effectively stripped of power since December's parliamentary vote against her, with … [Read more...] about South Korean constitutional court rules President Park Geun-hye must leave office
President Park Geun-hye risked mounting public aversion to powerful family groupings - known as "chaebol" - on Thursday, saying South Korea needed jailed business executives to help "revitalize" the country's spluttering economy. Chey, who chairs the nation's third largest conglomerate, the SK Group, has served 31 months out of his 48-month jail term for funneling funds from two affiliate firms into his own personal investment portfolio. He had remained chairman of SK Group while in prison. Dozen businessmen included in pardon A dozen other lesser known businessmen were also included in Thursday's pardons described by South Korea's justice ministry as a gesture to "give them chances" to help bolster the economy. South Korea's government timed the pardons ahead of the nation's marking on Saturday of the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial occupation. Took office on anti-fraud ticket Park won office in late 2012 promising to depart from South Korea's long … [Read more...] about South Korea President Park pardons business tycoon
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Seoul on Saturday for the fifth consecutive weekend of protests calling for the resignation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Protestors wearing raincoats and holding umbrellas braved sleet and freezing temperatures with demands Park resign over a corruption scandal or face impeachment. By the evening, organizers counted 1.3 million people in the march, which included parents and their children, university students and Buddhist monks. Police reported 260,000 participants. Police stationed 25,000 officers across the city and blocked roads leading to the presidential Blue House. Protest leaders expect a further 500,000 people to take to the streets in provincial cities. "I don't think Park would step down voluntarily, but we need to raise our voice as much as possible to encourage parliament to push through with its move to impeach her," Lee Seung-Cheol, a 23-year-old student, told the AFP news agency. People … [Read more...] about Crowds brave frost in fifth week of protests over South Korea President Park Geun-hye
South Korean President Park will not respond to prosecutors' questions about a political scandal this week despite a massive public movement against her, Park's lawyer said on Monday. Investigators accuse Park and her secret confidante, Choi Soon-sil, of compelling major companies to donate more than US$60 million (56 million euros) to non-profit foundations that backed Park's policies and which Choi used for personal gain. Lawyer Yoo Yeong-ha said Park is too busy handling state affairs and preparing a legal defense against the mounting accusations and therefore had little time to cooperate with prosecutors, who gave the president a Tuesday deadline to respond. "It is regrettable that the president cannot cooperate with face-to-face questioning the prosecutors have asked for by November 29," Yoo said in a statement. Instead Park, the country's first sitting president to become a criminal suspect, will prepare for an investigation by a special prosecutor expected to take over … [Read more...] about South Korean President Park Geun-hye too busy to meet criminal investigators
As the political crisis deepens in South Korea, President Park Geun-hye's disapproval rating rose three points to 93 percent, a Gallup Korea poll showed on Friday. Her approval ratings mark an all-time low for any democratically-elected leader in the east Asian country. The scandal centers on Park's shadowy confidant Choi Soon-sil, who is accused of using her ties with the president to coerce local firms to donate millions of dollars to non-profit foundations that Choi then used for personal gain. Choi is also accused of interfering in state affairs to the extent of nominating officials and editing Park's speeches even though she has no official title or security clearance. Prosecutors allege the president colluded with Choi to extract money from companies and will question Park as part of a criminal investigation. After the scandal broke out, Park publicly apologized twice, tried to transform her cabinet and announced her intention to work with the prosecutor. On Thursday, South … [Read more...] about South Korean President Park’s approval rating sinks to new low
South Korea's three opposition parties will vote next week to impeach beleaguered President Park Geun-hye, they said Friday. The parties, who together control 165 seats in the 300-member parliament, would need the support of 30 members of Park's Saenuri Party to reach the two-thirds majority required to impeach the President. Hundreds of thousands of Koreans protested for five consecutive weekends, asking for Park to step down or face impeachment. Criminal investigators accused her of aiding the criminal activities of her secret confidante Choi Soon-Sil. Choi, the daughter of a deceased cult leader who mentored Park, used their close connection to coerce major Korean conglomerates to donate tens of millions of dollars to foundations she set up for personal gain and that promoted Park's policy initiatives. Park denied wrongdoing but offered to resign on Tuesday, asking parliament to dictate the terms of her departure, but opposition parties viewed it as a cynical ploy … [Read more...] about South Korean opposition parties to bring impeachment vote against President Park Geun-hye